“May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another“. I Thessalonians 3:12 ESV
According to Military.com, “More than 1.7 million children under the age of 18 have at least one parent serving in the armed forces. And it is estimated that more than 900,000 children have had one or both parents deployed multiple times.” So I know that I am not alone and we are part of a large group. But then, why do I feel like I’m the only one at times? As we are at the midpoint of our deployment, it is with mixed emotions that I feel confident yet overwhelmed…..the classic half full/half empty philosophy.
My family was kind enough to visit from Texas to help me, spend time with me and the children and to see even more of my state. I often tease that when you have multiple family members over, it can often get “Willy Wonka” taken from the scenes in the movie where all the grandparents were in the same bed and they all stayed in the same room! Well, of course, it’s not quite like that, but I use the term for dramatic effect. It was a wonderful trip and they made the best of being crowded in children’s rooms.
But since they drove off, I have been in a melancholy state. As I put some household things in order and do errands, I have to hold back the tears. You see, we move in a few months so there are no plans of when we will see each other again. I envy those with family and childhood friends near by. I have chosen to see the bright side of seeing new places, meeting new people, reinventing yourself every couple of years, etc. But all that doesn’t cut the mustard when you see those you love go back to their “home” knowing yours is so far away.
So treasure family, love those who you often take for granted and embrace the Willy Wonka moments!