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Her: How are you doing?
Me: I’m ok.
Her: Well he comes home soon right?
Me: No, he just left a month ago.
Her: Well he’ll be home by Christmas right?
Me: No, you must be thinking of someone else.
Her: When does he get home then?
Me: (I can’t say when on here, but I told her what month)
Her: WHAT?? I thought Obama said all the troops would be home by Christmas!!
Me: (In shock) No, that is just for those in Iraq. There are tons of other troops in Afghanistan and all over the world.
Now, for those that may read this and go to my church, please understand that I am not upset or offended at this person in any way. I am just using this conversation as an example for this post.
I have also had several other people ask me recently when or if my husband is coming home soon. I have a feeling they are getting confused with the recent homecomings of those who were in Iraq. It has been on the news, in the media, and online. While so many of us military wives are extremely happy that those families are getting their soldiers home again, we all know this does not mean they won’t deploy again.
Our military deploy to many different areas, Iraq was just one of them. We thank God that things in Iraq are coming to a close, but we hope that you join us in prayer for those who are still deployed all over the world, who will still miss Christmas and the holidays with their families, and for those who continue to deploy in the coming years.
Please keep this in mind when speaking to military wives and families. Not all of us will be getting our loved ones home this Christmas. And for those who are, we rejoice with you, because I am sure there is nothing like it in the world.