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Goodbye Like a Band-Aid

November 9, 2012

One quick motion—right off!

At least that is the dream for me.

It is less than two months away–our PCS move—and I am already starting to say goodbye to people.

Hey, if everyone keeps asking me when I am moving, I am going to assume that they don’t want me around anymore.

What is the protocol when you have said your PCS goodbye to someone, then you run into her again at the commissary?

“Oh, hi!” (Awkward giggle) “I didn’t mean to make you believe that we were leaving last week, but I wanted to say my goodbye to you early.”

I can’t just say my goodbyes and then hibernate in the house until the movers come. For one thing, I think we would run out of food.

I am so worried that I will forget to say goodbye to someone. This has been a very memorable installation, and we have stayed here for three whole years. I’ve met a lot of people, people that I don’t want to forget to see before we leave. I wish that time (and money) allowed me to have one last girls’ night out with all of the friends I have made here. Unfortunately, despite what the day care provider thinks, service members do not make that much money.

At this point, I am just so thankful for social media. I can run a countdown until we leave, thus giving all of my friends a deadline to the big day. It also might help with disentangling myself from all the volunteer work that I am “voluntold” to do.

Nothing like being able to say, “I’m sorry, I can’t help you with your gift wrap fundraiser. Oh, why not? It’s because I’m moving four time zones away in three days.”

Who am I kidding? I’m going to be baking cookies for the FRG right up until the movers pack my mixer on the moving truck.

For me, saying goodbye is never easy.

As military spouses, though, we have the privilege of moving and meeting new, fabulous, awesome people wherever we go. And we should never forget that the military is a small, small world.

Who knows when we might run into each other again?



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