Will you complain that he has duty? Will you complain because he has to work late?
Remember that when you haven’t seen him for a week. It wasn’t that bad …
Will you complain that you’ve only seen him for six hours over the last 96 during refit?
Remember that when you haven’t seen him for a month, and six hours sounds like heaven.
Will you complain that he left his boots in the middle of the floor?
Remember that when he’s been gone six weeks, and you would give anything to see those boots again.
Will you complain that departure has been extended for the third time?
Remember that when return has been extended as well.
Will you complain when it’s been a week since you saw his face?
Remember that when you haven’t had an email in three.
Will you complain when his pillow smells more like you than him?
Remember that on those offcrew days, in the midst of an argument, when you wish he could go out to sea for just. a. few. damn. days.
Will you complain when homecoming times change AGAIN?
Remember that when you wrap your arms around his neck for the first time in months.
Will you complain when he doesn’t show up on the first homecoming bus or the second or the third?
Remember that as you walk away with him, hand in hand, past other wives still waiting.
Will you complain when there is no stand down, when one crew has to support the other even though they’ve already been gone SO LONG?
Remember that when he comes home at night, as other wives begin their lonely night journeys.
Will you complain that this life is so hard? That deployments last too long? That you just can’ do this without him again?
Remember that every single time you see a Gold Star.
What will you complain about today?