Regardless of how long you have to be apart from your spouse, it is never easy. One of the things that bothers me most is when I see or hear women basically slamming other women who are upset or sad about their husbands being away. So many times I have read posts that say things like, "We all have to do it. Get over it" or "Your husband is only going to be gone for six or seven weeks? Last year mine was gone for six months. Six or seven weeks is nothing!". It isn't nothing. Why do we say stuff like that to each other? It doesn't matter how long they are gone. It is still going to be hard and it most definitely is not a comparison game. Shouldn't we be encouraging and supporting each other through the difficult times of being separated? Why don't we look for ways to make each other feel better and to try to bring people closer to God in their time of need? It is just so sad to me when I see people being treated as if they are wrong for being upset about their husbands being gone. Yes, you should try to manage your emotions but that doesn't mean that you are not allowed to show them at all or to be sad about your husband (aka your best friend, aka the one that means more to you than anyone else in the world) being gone for any amount of time. Sure, a couple weeks may seem more manageable than several months (especially to a more seasoned military wife) but I still do not think that it gives us reason to be so unkind to one another. Let's all just be nice. Let's show some kindness to those that are having a hard time. Let's support each other and encourage each other. Make some cookies! Offer to help with the kids or just keep them company! Talk to each other! There is no need for unkind remarks.
Sorry... That was my rant for the day. :)