I came across a blogging prompt recently posing the question "If you could trade places with anyone, who would it be?" I think the answer is meant to be someone with a super fabulous life. The president. A celebrity. Jesus. Whoever you fancy. Which makes me feel all the more pathetic that right now my answer would be "Just about anyone". I'm in the deployment trenches. I spared you all the week of attitude I wallowed in. I never missed a deployment "hate" week. It's like the the cry day(s). At some point during deployment I am going through a week where everyone pisses me off. Just as I will likely go through a day where everything makes me cry. Which is totally today.
I know I am just worn out. I've spent the past 6-7 weeks hanging with my kids everyday. And when I am not with them, I am hanging out with 50 other kids all day. Not the best job for a military spouse during deployment, huh? And I adore my kids. I really do. And I enjoy my job. But truthfully, kids are draining. They need stuff constantly. And I'm feeling like I'm running on empty.
I could totally swap places with someone who lives in a little house on the edge of a forest. Somewhere the weather is starting to feel like autumn. With a rainy day in the forecast. A fireplace and a full bookshelf. Some fleece jammy pants in the drawers. Preferably no kids. Just for a day. Maybe four. I don't need a phone or internet. And if it wouldn't be too much to ask... maybe stick a chocolate bar in the cabinet. And one bottle of cab. Ok.
If you know this person who would like to swap lives for a day or nine. Please email email@example.com.
Thank you for having my back!