I have about two months left in my tour here. I can’t believe I’ve been here this long! The last two months have been a whirlwind of emotion. Since I wrote last, I’ve taken a trip out of here and visited a friend in Naples. It was a fun trip, and I got great news in the middle of the trip – the man I love (mentioned in my last post) was called back to Baghdad! He was here when I returned, which made me very happy. When we first saw each other again, we stood and hugged for about five minutes straight. I think we both realized just how much we’d missed each other. So, after a little talk, we got back together. It was a great month.
He had applied to some jobs back home in the limbo time he was in, and had a couple of phone interviews once he got back here. I told him he was awesome and that they’d love him, and they did! They offered him the job (as I assured him they would) and wanted him to start in two weeks. He found out Wednesday and told his company, and they decided to ship him out of Baghdad on Saturday. A bit of a shock to both of us at the quickness of it all. As we sat together Thursday night, all he could say was that he didn’t want it to happen this fast, and that he doesn’t want to leave. I had a few tears leak out, because those were the same thoughts I had. (Did I mention dating in the Foreign Service sucks?) But we pulled our happy faces on and had one last fun game night together with friends.
Friday we had a good talk about where we want this to go from here. We agreed that we want to see each other, and when I told him I’ll miss talking to him every day, he assured me that he intends to talk to me on the phone almost every day. I told him about options down the road, if we decide it’s too hard being apart, where I could take time off from my job and move to where he is for a year and we could see how it goes. He left a couple of days ago, and I am already starting to miss him. This is not going to be easy! Some days I think it’d be easier if I just broke it off now and moved on with my life. I can’t do that though – I believe in our love and can’t just throw it away because we aren’t in the same place. The two months we had apart made me realize that. Our talk made me hopeful for our future. We’ll see where it takes us!