ON THE HOME FRONT |
January 25, 2007
ON THE HOME FRONT
Name: Sharon Swanke
Posting date: 1/25/07
Husband stationed in: Kuwait
Hometown: Bloomington, IL
On the home front...
1:30 a.m. The smoke detector on the main floor starts intermittently beeping, loud enough to wake me but not the kids. It is running low on batteries.
1:45 a.m. A thorough search of the house reveals that all batteries that fit the beeping smoke detector went overseas with deployed husband.
1:50 a.m. Shop for batteries at the local 24-hour store. Outside temperature is 17 degrees. My bed was a whole lot warmer than this.
2:10 a.m. Stand on chair and struggle with smoke detector re-installation.
2:25 a.m. Check e-mail just once more....No message from my spouse. Six days without a message, and counting. Prior to his deployment we had daily contact for 20 years. It is a big adjustment to go without: his message, his voice, his touch.
4:00 a.m. Eyes wide open, no sleep tonight.
Still, it is better than being shot at. Remind self: next time husband deploys, check his bags for basic household items that are going with him, then restock said items.