We passed the halfway point last week.  Less than 10 months to our end date.


It feels great to know that we have less time to go than we have already done.  On the other hand, the first half felt LONG and we still have that number of months ahead of us.

Horatio keeps a spreadsheet that keeps track of the time behind us and ahead of us.  He reports the percentage to me weekly.

A funny thing happened last weekend.  The boys and I were driving to a party.  Dwight asked me what the party was for.  I told him we were celebrating the homecoming of an Army friend of ours.  He had been in Afghanistan for six months.

Upon hearing that, Dwight exclaimed, “SIX MONTHS?  That’s IT?”

It’s funny the way a person’s perspective changes.

Horatio is coming home for the winter holidays, hopefully.  We have the plane ticket, but until he is actually on the plane, it isn’t certain.

I’d like to have him surprise the boys at school.  It would be fun to arrange something with the front office.  But, when I think about it, it seems like it’s not that big of a deal this time.  He was just here in September, so it will only have been three months.  Is three months long enough to make a spectacle of it?  I’m not sure.

My perspective is all messed up!

Feel free to comment and chime in with an opinion.  I’d really welcome it.

About Commander in Chief At home

Erin is a military spouse and, sometimes temporarily single mom to 4 boys. She's a writer, editor, teacher, and (Autism) mom.
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2 Responses to Halfway

  1. PJ says:

    Make the spectacle, for two reasons:

    1) the boys will get a huge kick out of it.
    2) for those of us in civilian life who witness said spectacle, it’s an excellent reminder of the sacrifices made by those in the military and their families.


  2. Emily says:

    I’m glad he’s coming home, even if it’s just for a little while! I’d make a big deal about it, too. Just because it’s fun to make things special — and you deserve a celebration.

    Found your blog on the Military Spouses Blogging Community site. Oh, and congratulations on getting past the halfway point. That’s major!


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