In a matter of days, my husband will be participating in a month-long training camp. (It’s called the Warrior Leadership Course or WLC for short.) This is a great opportunity for him, and he worked hard to earn his spot. I’ve heard that he may get to come home on the weekends, but I’ve also heard that he may not. (I vote for number two!)
This 4 week separation will be tough. Sure, I went months without seeing Stephen during the deployment but that was on my home turf. I had already lived there for 4 years. I had my places, my people, and my routine. The wonderful five months I’ve spent here have made me anything but an expert. I’m really nervous about flying solo for the next few weeks. I have two main fears:
Fear #1: Something going awry and me not knowing what to do. If the house floods, I don’t have the foggiest idea of who to call. Car trouble? I’m screwed! If the internet goes haywire, I’m at a loss for how to fix it. (This happened when Stephen was in Munich for some big Army party. Thankfully it was just a few hours sans internet; I can handle that.)
This same thing is pretty much what I feared at the beginning of deployment. In fact, I think many military spouses combat these fears no matter how much time they’ve spent apart in the past. Things are bound to come up that are more easily handled by the other person or together.
Fear #2: Ultimate boredom. It is most assured that this will take place. Being that I’m still without a job or any real buddies, I’m going to have a lot of time on my hands. I intend to fill it with lots and lots of exercise. There will probably also be a lot of reading and lot of sleeping in.
I’m not really looking forward to this time apart, but I’m doing my best to stay positive. I can use this time to cook what I want, watch what I want, sleep in the middle of the bed, and power through marathon training. Who knows? Maybe this will be the kick in the pants I need to get out more!
What do you do to stay busy while your spouse is away?*