I read a comment reader Petra left on this post a few days ago and thought it was right on the money, and funny enough to turn into a post of its own. I think so many of us can relate to this thought process:
Funny thing I noticed with my soldier and me on the two 12-month deployments we had so far?Heh....
Soldier: Spends first half of the deployment plotting how to get out of the military, so he never again has to leave his loved ones. Spends the second half of the deployment thinking "Well, it's not THAT bad, and I'm almost done anyway...I think I'll stay in..."
Me: Spends the first half of the deployment thinking well, this isn't so bad, I can get through this easily, no big deal. The second half? "Ooook, I am SO done, can I have him back now? Pleeeeeeeeeeeeease?"
Amused me, as it happened with both deployments, as different as they were :))