Monday, October 3, 2011
10:03 AM | Posted by Jill | | Edit Post
There are many deployment rituals to help count down to homecoming. Some people make a paper chain and remove one link each day to count down ...
Some people keep a huge jar of M&Ms and eat one (or let their kids eat one) each day...
this would be dangerous for me...
And some people keep excel programs on their computer like the popular "Donut of Misery" that counts down the years, months, days, hours, minutes, and even seconds... It is mildly depressing to be able to see see how many seconds my husband has been gone.
a random example of the donut
As of right now, according to my Donut, John has been gone 5, 581, 615 seconds. 5 MILLION. Awesome. If that isn't a case of too much information I'm not sure what is.
For me, my countdown technique is more simple. If you are a friend or family member of mine you know that I have a slight addiction to all things paper and stationery. Buying a new calendar every year is an exciting occasion (I just ordered my 2012 refill and it was way too much fun choosing what I wanted). I would be totally lost without my planner. As of right now I don't have a blackberry or iPhone nor do I really care for the idea of keeping my life planned electronically. I used Outlook at work because I needed to separate my "social" from "work" calendar and my secretary and co-workers could schedule appointments for me and send them to me easily. But for my everyday life, paper and pen is what I prefer.
Every week I note the number of day's John has been gone. Somewhat depressing but it also gives me a sense of accomplishment. This week marks days 146 through 152. That is a lot of bedtimes, baths, meals, holidays, weekends, and milestones that Kate, Connor, and I have done solo. And while it is sad to look at it from a general standpoint, it is also something for me to celebrate. I have done okay and we have been happy and healthy. Plus, the days tick by. Surely and steadily.
John left last May and the calendar tabs in my planner were red... When we hit July they turned orange... Because I am always looking for something to look forward to, a baby step to get excited about (pumpkin spice, anyone?), I noticed that October, November, and December were a fitting color - green.
Green is a color that tends to represent forward motion, easiness, and simplicity. We all want to get the green light when we are driving. We want green grass, green trees, and are usually happy to have a green beer in March. "Going Green" these days tends to evoke thoughts of change and innovation.
This year, for me, green represents being close to having my husband home.
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