We recently got our soldier home. It has been an adjustment. I sat back last night looking back on our photos and the relief. 247 days was long enough for me. The time away allowed me think of how lucky we are to have Paul in our life. As it got closer to him get home the wait seemed to drag on. Didn’t seem to help that every time I turned around the times were changing. Along with days. I was lucky enough to have two of our close family friends come with me and support us while we waited for his arrival.
By the time the day had arrived I did not have any the typical excitement or anticipation. Which is horrible. At the same time the times and everything had changed often. I can’t tell you the number of times I had to text the Parks and Sanchez families that stuff had changed. Ridiculousness. So by the time we got there it was a matter of ok this finally happening. When I saw him that is when I got excited and the butterflies started.
Nothing in the world compares to that first kiss after being separated for so long from your spouse. While I know 8.5 months is a short amount of time for deployments in the military world. It still seemed like a life time. The relief of finally having my spouse home and not having so much on my shoulders. It was all the tension that had built up over the months of him being gone and me stressing was washed away when I saw him.
The kids have not left him alone. Friends kiddos have taken to him like he was always here. Finally we are whole again. Our family is not fractured. Until the next time the Army decides to borrow him again.
Welcome Home CPL. Paul M. Caiafa and the Rest of 2-16 Fox Company. Job well done!
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