Tammy Munson: SGT Daddy, my husband, who is a U.S. Army Sergeant with the 4th Infantry Division, is currently serving in his first deployment in Afghanistan. We've prepared as best as we can, but without having experienced this before, we're not sure what to expect for our family.
Well, it's official ... SGT Daddy left this week for Afghanistan. The day he left was a very rough day!
We got up early so he and I could hang out, and then he made breakfast for us. As time got closer to when we had to leave, I could just feel the anxiety building. It was not a good feeling. It was just weird knowing that this was the last morning that our family was going to be spending together for awhile.
When we got to the Company, he soon found out that some paperwork was not done by his XO (executive officer, 2nd in command), and he had to go take care of that. It took him 40 minutes to do that, time he could have otherwise spent with us. I was a little ticked off about that because this was something that should have been done weeks ago.
We finally got back together, and then, 10 minutes later, CPT H announced that we had 5 minutes. My oldest daughter, Kiersten, was crying. I was crying. It was bad.
We walked out together to the SUV to leave and SGT Daddy said goodbye to the girls. I was OK during that ... until I saw the tears in his eyes. As he and I were saying our "see you laters," I saw Becca's head poking out from the back of the SUV and she was laughing at me! YES -- my own daughter was laughing at me because I was crying. It certainly lightened the already tense mood.
The girls and I did a lot better than expected yesterday. I had to make a few minor attitude adjustments for them last night, but it wasn't too bad.
I surprised myself in a lot of ways yesterday and I'm pretty proud of that. It reminded me of the lessons I learned about myself during SGT Daddy's basic training days. I know we can survive this deployment!
So to SGT Daddy and the entire 4th Brigade -- Good luck, kick some terrorist butt, and stay safe!!! I won't say goodbye ... just see you later!
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