Well, in the 24 hours since I started this post, Guard Wife wrote a better one, using the same word in a different way. And I love her post - it pretty accurately describes what life looks like at my house right now. Except that it doesn't seem to be my deploying spouse who is acting wacko - I'm pretty sure it is me. (And I know that I'm not alone.) Predeployment. Such a simple word, but so full of stuff. And I think it is mostly bad stuff. We've been predeployment for months now, and I'm tired of it. There is nothing normal about it, except in the sense that it being odd and unpleasant is usual.
And then there has been this week. We're on day nine of normal..parenting, Christmas, visiting the in-laws. As we sit here on the sofa, hubs watching sports on the TV, me surfing the net, I can forget that everything is topsy-turvy. It's like we're just a regular couple, living a mundane life in Suburbia, USA. And for this moment, I really like it. I'm trying to drink it in and store this memory for all thetough momentsthat I know will come.
I knowthat we're not the only family who is facing an imminent deployment. For all of you, I hope that you are able to find a little bit of"normal"during this holiday season.