March 18, 2020

This feels familiar and all.

I saw this tweet yesterday:

I don't know why it didn't hit me that that's why this doesn't feel that odd. 

If you are feeling a bit lost this week...
If you want to set up a playdate for your kids. 
If you want to go to your favorite restaurant, coffee shop, movie theater, or bar. 
If you miss the social circle of your job because you're teleworking in your pjs. 
If you want to go over to a friend's house to physically hang out.
If you miss your gym classes. 
If you'd love to see your extended family for that birthday party or holiday dinner. 

That's what it's like to move to a new military duty station. That's it! That's the feeling! Welcome! 

In Alaska, I remember the first moment I felt it: 
Scott was doing a night jump in October and I had to spend a night alone in our new house. I had never, I'm pretty sure, gone to sleep in a house completely by myself up until that point. And he was off in some Alaskan field, jumping out of a plane in the middle of the night.

In Missouri, I had that feeling when it was dark out, it our first night in our new house, Scott had run out to help a friend move furniture, and I had to navigate my way to Walmart and back. Obviously, I had GPS but I'm pretty sure I got lost because I was certain I remembered where Walmart was but I guess I didn't.

In Colorado, it was the day after I drove out to meet Scott and the dogs at our new house on the prairie (I would give a LOT to be settled at that house on the prairie at this moment, btw), and Scott went to Lowe's and I was there, in the house, just staring out at the field. It was quiet in a scary way and I hated it. Eventually, I got used to that quiet.

Truthfully, this whole thing is going to get a lot worse before it gets better. 
It just is. I hate to think that way, but if we could fast forward a month, that'd be great, right? 
That's also a common thought I have during a PCS move; if we could just fast forward a month, that'd be great. 
Just to get over the rough part.


  1. Yep that's reality. Worse before better.

  2. Wow - good point. Thank you for all of your sacrifices. You are maybe more prepared than the rest of us.
    Thinking of you!


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