Friday, March 20, 2009

Workin' for the Man

As many of you know we have family in the military. One of them is Soldier Mommy, she's the Game Master and Master Smiley's mommy. For the last year we have all geared up preparing for her deployment to parts hot and sandy.

Until about two months ago, when Uncle Sam said, "Nope. You ain't goin'. We need you here as support staff."

Everyone stepped down and dreamed of a different summer. A summer that Soldier Mommy would spend with her new husband, the General. The coming months would be filled with typical mommy and wife stuff.

For the rest of us, we just kept keepin' on. No need to change my work schedule, no need to adjust homeschool or weekends. Life would pretty much continue in the way it had.

Until this morning...

"I'm deploying..."

"What? When?"

"The end of March."

We have a week and half to figure everything, to make a plan, and figure out where boys are going to sleep. A week and a half for Soldier Mommy to say goodbye to her boys and pack her bags.

I'm a patriot. I am. I believe in and love this country. I fully support the military and the work they do.

I only wish they'd given us a bit more time before deployment.

And they wonder why some folks don't re-enlist!


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Patti said...

praying for safe travels and smooth adjustments all around.

Roo said...

What a disappointment. I'm sorry to hear she's going to have to spend the time away from her boys again. Please let her know that she will be in my thoughts and prayers.

On the happy side, I'm looking forward to seeing new posts from Master Smiley.

My love, support and best wishes to the entire family. God speed and God bless.

tootie said...

Oh no! The worst is when there's almost no notice.

But she is lucky to have a supportive family! I'm sure that means a lot to her.

My prayers for all of you.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

How frustrating for everyone! It's going to be tough on those kids with so little time to prepare them.

I pray the Lord keeps her safe and brings her home to family and friends.


Patti said...

grapletini: 4 ounces grape juice (i use the purple), 1 1/5 - 2 ounces vodka, 1/2 apple pucker. pour into a shaker. shake what your momma gave you. drain into glass. drain down piehole.

My Ice Cream Diary said...

I have so many close friends who are in the service and all of them have had situations like this. It isn't an easy part of life in anyway.