So…anyone else hear have a parent (or both I guess) in the Army (or other military branch)? How do you keep in touch when they’re away and how do you deal with the fact that they’re gone?
My dad has been in Egypt since July and he’s not coming back until July or August, so we’re on the home stretch I guess but it still feels like forever and I’m having a hard time with it right now. I know that practically no one I know can understand really and I don’t expect them too, but it’s like they don’t even care. It’s an entire year we don’t get to share, and it’s not like it’s the first, I think I need more than one hand to count the birthday’s he’s missed. :-\ 6 and 7 months aren’t too bad but for some reason when it gets longer than that I start having a hard time coping and it’s hard on the whole family. Emotionally I just shut off and then that translates into my interactions with other people too. I hate being that way and some of my friends are not being very nice about it instead of maybe trying to be a little understanding. To top it off they complain about their dad being gone for 2 weeks on an out of state business trip to me, and then complain to other people about how I have problems and am not being “normal.”
Sorry I just feel about at the breaking point and wondering if anyone else has gone through/is going through the same thing and how you managed.