Wake-Up and Skype

Day 28 – Wake

A picture my mom tok of me one one of the days we were skyping.

A picture my mom to0k of me one of the days we were skyping.

The days I looked forward to the most were the mornings I would pull myself out of bed at 0530, walk to the morale tent, and Skype with either my parents or my husband. Most days I would miraculously wake up minutes before my alarm would go off. (In a tent full of girls it is nice to not wake up anyone when you get up so early) I would get up early and my husband or parents would be ending their day. The day behind me. While I was in Afghanistan I was approximately 12.5 hours ahead depending on what time zone they were in. Sometimes on Saturday nights I would go to the morale tent in the evening and talk to my parents who would get up early to have a date night.

One day my husband and I had planned to talk the next morning, but as the day went on we found out there was a potential threat that our base would be attacked in the evening. The threat was so real that we had to rearrange where we slept so the whole team would be in the same area for safety if an attack took place. Our tents were spread out across the Forward Operating Base while the place we were supposed to be living was being built. I did not want my husband to worry about me (or in reality just think I overslept) so I made up some excuse on why we could not meet. He never suspected a thing. So, I packed up an overnight bag and my weapons and headed to my temporary home. While I was sleeping a group of the team kept watch for any unusual activity on rotating shifts, watching and waiting for a possible attack. But instead of being awakened from rockets and gunfire in the middle of the night, I woke up the next morning well-rested.

Somehow when you are deployed your mind learns how to cope with the fact you could die at any moment. I often got in trouble for putting my hands in my pockets, it is not something you are allowed to do in uniform and occasionally I would say “I could die tomorrow, so I’m going to put my hands in my pockets.” You might ask how I got a good night’s sleep when there was a possibility of an attack. I trusted the people who were not sleeping and knew there was no reason to worry. Anything that would happen would happen there was not anything I could do. So I slept and somehow I survived it all. 🙂

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8 comments on “Wake-Up and Skype

  1. Again, thank you for sharing what needs to be told and remembered. And I love your perspective on worrying about tomorrow. I have had people ask me if I’m afraid because my husband is in flight school to be a helicopter pilot for the Corps. The truth is, yes, it’s almost impossible not to, but the truth is he could get in a car accident driving to base just as easily. Life is always precious!

    • I’m glad I could provide some encouragement. On Thursday I am writing about my first night in Afghanistan and how my mindset had to change so i could get some sleep. 🙂 Thank you for being a brave spouse, your love and encouragement mean so much.

  2. For the first 6 months we were married, my husband and I lived 5 hours apart while he finished out the school year (as a teacher). Skype was our friend, for sure. I can’t imagine what it must have felt like to be on opposite sides of the world and for you to be in that environment! I don’t think I could handle that!

    • We got through it, one day at a time. I’m thankful for Skype made it easier to be so far away. I’m glad you could use it during your separation.

  3. I don’t think I ever wrote about this until this month. I tried to keep out dangerous situations when I was writing home in an effort to keep people from worrying. 🙂 One thing I have loved about this month is that I was able to add to the stories I already had.

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