Let me start off by saying that Yoni made it to Afghanistan safe and sound. It was a long trip – he had many endless layovers and basically went three days without sleeping – but he and his RP are there now and are quickly adjusting to the oppressive heat and the rhythm of daily life there. Thank you so much to all of you who have been keeping Yoni (and me) in your thoughts and prayers. According to my parents, almost every conversation they have includes some element of “please tell Leora and Yoni that we’re thinking of them” – so I just wanted to say – thanks. I appreciate the global support. But please don’t worry, at least not about me. Feel free to worry about Yoni an appropriate amount.
As spouses of deployed service members go, I'm one of the lucky ones. First of all, my husband will only be gone for about a month (as opposed to 3, 6, 7, sometimes as many as 12 months in a row). Second, I’m only going to be alone for just over a week. Talya arrives on Tuesday!! Third, Yoni is traveling with someone whose only job is to protect him. How many people can say that? Finally, I’m surrounded by people who have been exactly where I am, and who are preprogrammed to care for others like me who may be experiencing a spouse’s deployment for the first time. I have had more social invitations in the past week than in the past month. So, while Penny and I certainly wish Yoni was here instead of there, I’m confident that we’ll make it through this deployment relatively unscathed.
If you’re looking for a reason to feel bad for me, though, here’s one: while Yoni is gone, I’ll have to write a blog post EVERY WEEK! To that end, I’d love to hear from you: is there anything you’ve been dying to hear about/see pictures of/learn more about? If I have to think about something to write every week, I could use a bit of help.
By the way, this is our 100th blog post. Quite a milestone if you ask me. Hope you’re still enjoying the ride. Shabbat Shalom!