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Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Time Is.....NOW??

Today I am going to cover an event that affects me, and many families and individuals in our country, personally. My husband is a soldier, deployed to Iraq with the Army. Standard deployments are 12 months at this point. We got lucky! We went in thinking this would be a 12-15 month deployment, only to be so glad that the deployment has been cut short. He is included in the massive troop withdrawal occurring in Iraq, and will be home very very soon! I am so ecstatic, we havent seen him since Christmas! I am also extremely nervous! I am so worried about what to expect! If he will still find me attractive, if he will be radically different than when he left. I havent slept in WEEKS! We just moved to this apartment in April, and its very cluttered. We downsized from a large 3 bedroom townhouse, to a small 2 bedroom apartment. Our garage is filled with furniture we dont need or have room for, and the computer/family room has boxes that were supposed to stay in the garage, but were brought into the apartment. They are too heavy to move. I want everything to be perfect when he arrives, simply because he hasnt seen the house. I am scared about how our 10 month old son will react when he sees his daddy again. I am worried I wont be able to relinquish some of the control in responsibilities in household management. I have become fiercely independent during this deployment, and I am apprehensive that he is going to come home and expect ME to be the same person as when he left. Regardless of all these emotions and concerns, I'm still so happy that he's coming home to me!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

What Do You Do When You disagree?

My husband and I are both total opposites. He is religious, I am not. He has conservative views, I do not. And as we speak tonight on yahoo! messenger, while he is in Iraq, we are having a political disagreement. He calls me his little "hippy". With the views that I have, I have no idea how I ended up an Army Wife, or much less married to a republican. I have no issues with people with other views than I do, but I have noticed that when I express those views I am told I am "wrong". That being said, the topic was brought up of the Mosque being built near "Ground Zero" in NYC. I informed him that I have heard about the plan and that I feel its inappropriate, but that doesnt matter. Its legal. Plain and simple. The city approved the plans. It will upset a lot of people, but here's where I get confused. It seems to me a lot of people in this country are quick to judge ALL muslims. The US was founded upon Freedom of Religion, and no official religion has ever been declared. There are radicals in every faith, Christianity, Judism, etc, but no one says "oh they are awful people." There are of course the select few groups that hate anyone different than themselves. That being said, the Muslims I have met, are nice people. Quiet and respectful, and just trying to make a better life for themselves. The radical muslims, are like radicals of any group, and there are few. I think that the construction of a mosque is inappropriate in the proposed area. That being said, its not like those who worship there are going to get any peace beacuse of those who I am sure will be protesting will in a sense be terrorizing those who worship. And tell me, how does that make them any better?

"There is no way to peace, peace is the way" - AJ Muste