Wednesday, April 11, 2007

No more news for me

This has not been a good day. Too many reports and other things due by April 15th. I put together a sample calendar for the district and it ended up on the board agenda for tonight, let me just say that I had to revise it four times today, even though I had a few other things to do.

As I was driving back to work after eating lunch the radio informed me that troops that are deployed are going to get the privilege of spending an additional three months in Iraq or Afghanistan.

I have been a good mom, I have been patient and faithful. But I know that our bear is ready to come home. His calls have had a little more homesick ring to them than ever before. He mentioned a couple of months ago that there was a pretty good chance he would be extended. Then the last time he called he was pretty sure he wouldn't be. This hit me like a ton of bricks. My eyes welled up with tears and even as I type this my eyes are spilling over. Maybe it is just PMS, but if I let myself go, I know I could have a good long cry. Next month his four years are officially over. He has spent 20 of those months in Iraq. I shouldn't complain, there are so many families affected by this. Young fathers and mothers who are away from their children.

I am sure that when he calls he will be upbeat and accepting, he always is. I just need to complain a little, to vent, because we miss him in our lives. He has spent over six years away from us already and we are ready for him to live close to us so we can get to know this wonderful man who has had so many interesting experiences.

So for now, we will continue to pray for his safe return and put on a brave front.

The picture was taken the first time he was in Iraq - he insisted that we all take turns putting a few shells through his new gun. Note that leaner is holding the gun - something she has never liked to do.

6 comments:

Alex's Human said...

I would argue that you and everyone else affected by this have every right to complain.. I know I complained myself when I heard that news conference yesterday (not that Alex really wanted to hear my ranting)..

I really hope that he will be home safe (and for good) soon..

Love you!

purplelurple said...

I can't wait until Bear is done over there. G and I both cried a little when we heard this, but mainly because we knew how upsetting it would be for you. We just want Bear home safe.

lvh said...

When I heard the news, I was hoping it wouldn't affect Bear - I'm getting to the point that I just think we should bring all of them home and let those people battle it out amongst themselves. Mr. LVH doesn't say much about war and hasn't since he came back from Nam but the other night when we were watching the news, he made the comment that he knows how frustrating it is to be in a place where you can't tell the good guys from the bad and it's not a good thing. We'll keep him in our prayers and hope he is back with you soon. Hang in there.

leaner said...

(my word verification is KOHLS! maybe that means I should go shopping there?)

I can't listen to the news about Iraq at all. It scares me. At least I know Will can't be deployed until next summer at the earliest, and by then at least Bear will be home. So I will only have one love to worry about.

It seems crazy that Bear has been gone as long as he has. And it is strange that really, we don't know him, because he has grown up since he left home. I can't wait for him to get home...so we can meet our new Bear!

dacheese said...

I was going to comment on this but then it ended up to long so I made it a post instead.

Amie said...

Hi lady! Where ya been? Hope things are going well and that they'll slow down soon with school getting out. Thinkin' of ya!