Pin It
Favorite

Monday, February 11, 2013

We’ve Only Just Begun

Home Front: Diaries From a Vermont Military Family

Posted By on Mon, Feb 11, 2013 at 10:00 AM

1359573481-useyourwords.jpg

useyourwords.jpg

We are just getting started in our deployment journey. We can’t even count months yet; we are still counting weeks. “We’ve only just begun…” as the song says.

I think about my husband, Matt, settling in to his new “home.” I hate that I can’t make his bed for him, tucking the sheets in just the way I know he likes them. I can't make his favorite meal after a long day. It’s my job to take care of him and I’m not very good at letting that job go.

“Do you need anything? Want me to send you more blankets? Are you warm enough? How about food? Are you getting enough food?” I barrage him with questions. He laughs. I sound like a frantic mother who just sent her baby boy off to summer camp for the first time.

While I imagine him settling in, I think about the people who were there before him. They are packing up and getting ready to go home. Somewhere, there are families preparing for homecoming parties. Their arms are poised for that long-awaited hug. I am happy for them. I truly, truly am. In the military life, we all take our turns. We are grateful for those who are out there serving while our loved ones are home. We think of them and support them and their families. Now that it’s my turn, the support and love is coming my way.

We’ve only just begun, and while I await our own party planning and Matt’s homecoming, I daydream about the ones happening in other people’s homes. To them I say, “Be happy. Celebrate! It’s your turn.”


Tasha Lehman
  • Tasha Lehman


Tasha Lehman is a mother of three boys living in Vermont. Her husband, Matt, is a first lieutenant in the Vermont Air National Guard who recently headed overseas for his first deployment. The “Home Front: Diaries from a Vermont military family” series chronicles their journey. Read more about their story in February’s “Use Your Words” essay.

Tags: ,

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

More by Tasha Lehman

People who saved…

camps central

Young Hacks Academy

Young Hacks Academy

Winooski, VT

Does your child have what it takes to lead in the 21st century? Young Hacks Academy is a summer day camp that uses technology to develop real-world leadership skills. Blending computer programming, problem-solving, and teamwork, YHA teaches kids to build cool video games about big challenges facing the world today,…(more)

other camps » learn more »

Kids VT Blog

Reader Reviews

  • Re: Common Roots

    Rating Star Rating Star Rating Star Rating Star Rating Star
    • Laurie is an incredibly caring and dedicated teacher with tons of experience teaching paper making,…

    • on May 3, 2017
  • More »