Last night I struggled as I had not heard from my husband since early that morning. Some people would think that was a bit silly...that is if you're not in the military or don't know the feeling of being seperated from your spouse for any great length of time. Just a simple, short phone call can make all the difference in the world.
About 10:30 last night I hated that I hadn't heard from him. I knew he was probably either working late, or had fallen off to sleep thinking I was probably already asleep and didn't want to wake me. I hoped that wasn't the case and gave him a quick call, thinking if he came in late he would know I was up and could call (not that it matters to me in the least bit if he calls and wakes me up!). He didn't answer. I prayed he would call, even if only for a minute. My prayer was answered. It was short and sweet. Pretty much, "Hi babe. How are you?...I'm fine...it's freezing out here so I'll call again in the morning." That was all I needed!
This morning we were able to talk probably five or ten minutes. The amount of time never seems to matter, just hearing his voice. He hasn't showered since last Thursday and it's dusty, dirty, cold and windy. He's worn out, missing his family, and wishing he could sleep in a bed, his bed...beside me. He asked how the kids were and how things were on the home front. I told him good, and we talked about the kids and the things they have going on. We talked about missing each other and looking forward to his short return tomorrow night, before he is gone again for another week.
It's short, it's simple, it's beautiful. I tell myself, "Cherish every moment. Cherish the phone calls. Cherish those words, 'I miss you!' and 'I love you!'...Hold on to all of it!" My husband isn't down range, just in the field. My heart aches for the men and women who are, and the families they leave behind. I can't help but think about them every day. These are only my thoughts, what I experience. Imagine the thoughts of those who haven't seen their spouse in over a year, not just a few days. I don't want them to be forgotten. I don't want them to feel alone. I don't want them to feel abandoned. Lord, bring them safely home!