In the process of telling people Chad is coming home (because I was unsure of the date until about 10 days ago) this is what I heard... "wow, really, that was fast," or "he wasn't gone long" or "that flew by, he just left." Insert BIG SIGH right here.
We, Navy people, don't say such things to each other because whether it is a week or a 12 month deployment, it is always hard.
The comments are innocent and I never usually respond when they are said and I know the person that said them meant no harm. But I thought I would take this chance to explain that these past 6 weeks DID NOT fly by.
Let's just say I have a new profound respect for single parents. Over these past 6 weeks our lawn mower broke, Bailey had possible bone cancer, all of our Mastercards (including my debit card) were canceled because of possible fraud, Chad's car needed some major repairs, babysitters canceled on me, Bailey barfed a lot, Chloe's reflux came back with full force and lots more on top of the regular chores and requirements it takes to patiently and lovingly parent a 1 year old who doesn't sleep well.
So do as my friend did and say "wow, that flew by" then follow it up with "but probably not for you."
Thanks for hearing me out,