I've made it almost two weeks. I'd be lying if I didn't own up to some pretty wretched days, some horrifying moods, and supplements to help me sleep. And honestly there was at least one full day I wasn't sure I could do this. My dad always tells me that the darkest hour is before daybreak and here it's certainly applicable. There is a full range of uncontrollable emotions that go hand in hand with sending the man who holds your heart off to war. The one I'm most ashamed of is that particular episode of anger. Anger that he's gone, that he left me, anger at the universe for fating me to this position, anger at myself for blaming him. It isn't like that and I know it. This isn't something he did to me, however the knowing better only amplifies inevitable feelings of guilt. The Staff Sergeant is a good man, the best, and I know how very lucky I am to so proudly stand by him (most of the time). Then daybreak--and I awoke a new woman, the fever had gone and I felt like myself again.
No one ever says that this life is full of ease and rose gardens, but somehow abandoning it is impossible. I've hurled myself into a care packaging oblivion. Every time I feel like crying I start planning the next one. I've gotten back into school and am getting ready to start a new job. All of that and I'm slowly chipping this new house into some semblance of order. Tonight I hung my closet bar for all of the clothes I have that wouldn't fit into the tiny crevices this house deemed closet space. I was so motivated by that small victory that I sorted the storage room and put together my new desk chair. Now I'm sitting for the first time at my study space and not a moment too soon. A magenta glow falls over the old tin table top I'm using as my work surface. I have a victory cocktail to the right of my laptop and soon I'll go fish out a good photo of my courageous soldier to put in the corner.
Moments like this let me peek from beneath the layers of Overwhelming just long enough to see the light. I can do this thing that challenges me, this living on my own, this new town and old house of Murphy's law. I can wait, be patient, be okay while he's away because he's doing the same thing for me.