I went to the first of many goodbyes I will have to say in the next couple of weeks.
It sucked! Typically in the past when V deployed his pager would go off, he would leave and then he would come 6+ months later, we wouldn't talk to him, there was no big fan fare when he left or when he came back.
Then I thought it was terrible and I was jealous of other wives who got all of those things. Now, I'm not sure I want the big fan fare, maybe the way it was, just him leaving with a kiss and a hug is the way to go.
Watching all of the families crying as they said their goodbyes last night really sucked. I was completely drained afterwards.
The worst part was even though V is leaving he is still not getting home from work until 9:30, so much for spending the last days with your family.