I love you no matter how you deal with anything.
He reminds me that it isn't only about being there for him, even though I struggle to be mindful of that truth. I find that it's easy to dismiss the honesty I would otherwise rely on if he weren't where he is, doing what he's doing. There's not a thing in the world that would keep me from crying if we were face to face and I was overtaken by the urge. I would tell him if and when something was bothering me (after some coaxing).
This is proving to be one of the bigger challenges of this journey - whether or not to put normal behavior on the back burner while he's away. There are strong arguments for both, and being a huge advocate for authenticity, I am constantly in the middle of a battle between mind and heart.
Between that and my blatant need for control, I have my work cut out for the duration of this deployment. At least today it feels do-able. I looked at the calendar, broke the days down to the percentage accomplished and the percentage remaining and I didn't crumble. That's surely a sign of a rebound in progress.