As many of you are aware... my oldest son, B is deploying to Afghanistan next Wednesday. I received a phone call last night from my youngest son, John...chit-chatting about how to grocery shop for and prepare Chicken Caesar Wraps. Then comes the, "Oh, by the way...I'm deploying to Afghanistan this summer." I ask how he feels about it and replies that this is why he enlisted. (I knew this)
The mom heart never ceases to amaze me. How can so many deep emotions pump, at the same exact moment? The words, "I am so deeply proud of my sons" does not adequately define the pride. The words, "I fear for their safety" doesn't even come close to sharing the anxiety which flows which each breath. My sons are doing what they are meant to be doing, they are on a path which they are meant to follow. I want them on these journeys, for this is their life. I do love both my sons so and desire them to always follow their own hearts and minds.
So, here is my question for you... Most of my readers are Veterans, Soldiers, parents/family members of Soldiers, or friends of our Troops. How does the family and friends 'survive' deployments? Soldiers, what has helped most while so far from home?