2.11.2010

One Month

Stella & Grumpy
So it's been one month since C left for the Air Force. He has a year of training across the U.S. in which I can't go with him. One extremely painful decision we had to make was to find new homes for Stella and Grumpy. I selfishly wanted to keep them, but knew that I wouldn't be home enough to give them the lifestyle they were used to when C was still here. I am also downsizing and therefore won't have a yard for them to run in anymore. Along with many other reasons, the best thing for them was to find new homes. Saying goodbye to my very-much-loved pets was awful. They are both with amazing people, so I have nothing to be sad about. It was harder before they both left just anticipating the actual day of the goodbye. Now I am just getting used to life without them and C. So far I am doing really well, but I'm not promising a few crazy moments here and there. I'll get to see C in March, and hopefully again in June. Things in the military constantly change (I'm learning), so I don't really count on anything until it is actually happening.

In light of Valentine's Day, one really cool thing about being separated from C is that he can only call me once a week (if he's lucky) and we can write letters back and forth. Some of you are probably thinking...why in the hell does she think that is cool? But there aren't many circumstances in this day and age where you are limited to actual snail mail and a couple minutes of phone usage per week. As much as I miss C, having this experience and tangible letters in his handwriting for the rest my life is a pretty cool thing.

9 comments:

The Glam Lamb said...

I loved your post. So honest. It totally made me think and count my blessings, my dog is my best friend and I don't know what I'd do if i had to give him up. You are a trooper. I can't relate to having a significant other in the air force, but my boyfriend is 3000 miles away - the long distance is so hard, and you have to get creative. I wish you all th best.

The Glam Lamb said...

and... 1 more thing. make sure you keep really busy! its so good for you to do all the things you love to do while your guy is gone, and the animals are away - even outside of work. blog, paint, read, yoga. i go to a ton of antique malls and wander and get lost.

Camille @ Style Notes said...

I know that saying goodbye to Stella & Grumpy was tough, but there's no question it was best for them...love hurts sometimes, right?? Hang in there Meggy, you are doing awesome! This is going to be such a strengthening experience for YOU and for you marriage. Sending loads of X's and O's your way on V-day!

Hattie said...

OMG this is a sad post, but you are doing amazingly well. Don't know how you do it, but grateful you have good friends like that Breahn girl. I'm thinking of you and am glad you have a romantic tone to the distance with your love letters. Your grandkids will love those letters some day. Hang in there :)

ModFruGal said...

It must be SO hard! Keep looking at the postive bits as you already are...and hang in there with those letters held tight.

sarah, flourish design + style said...

wow.. you are one strong girl. + your right.. you'll have amazing letters for your whole life. 10 years from now this one hard year will seem like nothing. xo

Heidi said...

Your level-headedness inspires in so many ways, you have no idea.

Amy said...

I just found your blog and so appreciated this post! I know exactly what you're going through (I've loved and lost a few pets myself) and absolutely treasure the letters that my fiance (a green beret in the Army) sends when he's deployed or away on training missions. One day, when our time apart is a thing of the past, I'm going to tie a beautiful red ribbon around those letters and tell my future kids not to read them, that they're "private". Nothing gets a teenager's attention like the words "no" and "private". They'll sneak in and read those letters and will come to find out just how fantastic their dad is, even when he was thousands of miles away.

Amy
www.pot-meet-kettle.blogspot.com

Megan (MIMI+MEG) said...

All of these comments have been so wonderful. Thank you. I do love my letters. If my house caught on fire, they'd be one of the first things I'd grab (if I could). Maybe I should put them in my safety deposit box...

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