October 31, 2004

NORMAL AGAIN

What's unusual about this weekend is how normal it's been. Wives say that sometimes their husbands are jumpier or quieter after they come home; Soldiers have to attend briefings about how hard re-integration will be. However, our re-integration has been shockingly boring. After my husband was home for an hour, it felt like he'd never been gone. The last nine months just disappeared. The only real difference is that we keep losing track of time because we're talking too much. Yesterday we tried to watch a movie, but we kept pausing it to talk, first about a scene in the movie, then about relationships, then about the military, and then about the deployment. Many wives say that their husbands don't like to tell stories about what has happened downrange, but once my husband saw that my reaction to a potentially scary story was cheering and praising him, other stories started to follow. We talked candidly about the good and bad things that have happened to him down in Iraq, and it wasn't weird at all. We also talked about whether he wants to stay in the Army longer than his required four years, a topic I wanted to hit on during R&R but didn't think we'd get to on the first day. We had a good talk about the advantages, ended with a "we'll decide next year", and finally turned the movie back on, two hours later.

Everything takes twice as long when you can't stop talking to each other!

Posted by: Sarah at 08:07 AM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 Sarah - that sounds great. Enjoy every minute. Glad he's back safe and sound.

Posted by: Kathleen A at October 31, 2004 08:14 AM (vnAYT)

2 I keep checking back here torn - hoping your so busy catching up that you don't have time to post, yet hoping you'll throw out little morsels about how wonderful everything is. The relationship between you and your husband is FANTASTIC. I love to hear about the open communication and Deep Friendship you share. I'm so very happy for both of you getting this time together. Enjoy!!

Posted by: Tammi at October 31, 2004 11:55 AM (UOdfZ)

3 So much good news for you. Just happy for you.

Posted by: Toni at October 31, 2004 01:25 PM (gpNhd)

4 I'm really happy for you, Sarah!

Posted by: David Boxenhorn at October 31, 2004 03:35 PM (+5WuC)

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