Michael has been back from his training for a couple week and I must say, I am so happy he is back! The day he came I was so excited and nervous, I couldn't sit still! I went to base two Fridays ago and waited for him to arrive. It was the longest hour of my life. They told us that they would arrive on base at 3:00 so that is when I got there. Then I got a text from Michael saying that they had to have a brief at 4:00 so he wouldn't be out for a while. I got so anxious and fidgety waiting for so long that finally I couldn't sit in the car any longer. I called my mom and forced her to talk to me so my mind could be distracted. After our talk, I was standing in the parking lot and I started to see all these marines dressed in their uniforms walking toward me. They were all carrying their huge bags and backpacks and I couldn't really see Michael in the group. As the marines passed me to get into their cars and to go back to the barracks, my heart started to sink because I didn't see Michael in the crowd. I finally went back to my car and tried to find a song to distract me. I was looking out the window when I saw a guy walking in my direction. I couldn't see his face because he was carrying one of his bags like a baby bjorn. I was getting so excited because I thought it was him but I didn't dare jump out of the car and hug him on the off chance that it wasn't actually my husband. Finally when he was about five feet from the car I recognized his face and bolted out the driver door. He dropped everything on the ground, gave me the hug I had been waiting for! All my anxiousness and bottled up energy just disappeared when we finally got to hug each other again.
That weekend Michael ate a lot, and slept a lot. He was so excited to sleep in a bed because the cot he had been sleeping in was so small he couldn't get both of his elbows in at the same time. Geez, what a complainer!
I am so glad he is back! It is amazing how much you can miss another person. I took for granted all the wonderful things he did for me. Silly things like opening pickle jars, and making sure I walked on the not street side of the side walk. His unit has no scheduled training deployments or regular deployments for the foreseeable future, and I am so grateful for that! We are both hopeful that we can serve the entire contract without him deploying. Cross your fingers!