11.30.2011

the countdown.

It first happened in a department store, while debating a purchase of new Tupperware. Faint strains of "I'll Be Home for Christmas" floated over the speaker system, and suddenly I realized just how close Gabe is to coming home...he hasn't been in the States for Christmas in years, but this Christmas he'll be home. My eyes got misty and I felt that I might lose it right there in the Tupperware aisle.

"Keep...your crap...together, girlfriend!"  I shouted in my head.

I gritted my teeth and narrowed my eyes, attempting to focus harder on plastic leftover containers than any woman in the history of Tupperware. But it was too late. I'd already started thinking about seeing Gabe for the first time in what feels like forever, decorating our tree, making cookies together and snuggling up to watch Rudolph. I lost it right there in the home section of Target...and I wasn't even ashamed.

And now like clockwork, I've started crying at the silliest, mushiest things. This is how I know it's time for Gabe to come home...because without fail I become an absolute sentimental fool once our countdown reaches 30 days or less.

This year feels extremely special. After spending the past twenty-two weeks apart, we're now at two weeks, six days and a handful of hours...until Gabe returns home from Iraq, just in time for Christmas. And although there's a daunting amount of papers, finals and holiday commitments between now and Gabe's arrival, I don't even care. It will all get done. It will all breeze by, and soon I'll be picking him up at my tiny Wisconsin airport, where we've cried our goodbyes many, many times...but have never gotten to say an elated hello.

Not to get all Mariah Carey on you, but I'm going there. The only thing on my Christmas list is the person I'll be picking up at the airport on December 20th.

This year, it is truly the only, only thing I need in this world.

22 comments:

  1. I have been that girl, in the aisle at Target! Happy Tears though & thats the most awesome part! Enjoy getting your place Christmas ready!!!!!

    Jackie

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  2. oh my gosh, what an awesome christmas present. i just welcomed by deployed airman home last month, and let me tell you, the elated airport hello is one of the best feelings in the world. i'm SO excited for you to see him and to be able to soak him up at Christmas time. good luck getting through the few weeks without freaking out too much :) maybe invest in some good waterproof mascara? :)

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  3. I have secret (now not-so-secret) LOVE for that Mariah Carey song. I can't help myself.

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  4. that sounds like the perfect christmas. and well overdue! have fun making amazing christmas memories!

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  5. I'm so excited for you!! I don't know how you do it, being apart for so long! You guys have a true love that is so admirable and fun to read about! I hope the days to his arrival rush by!

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  6. Beth, you B. You made me tear up. At work. I wish I was going to be there with a Flip cam to video tape that little reunion.

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  7. WEEEE! How exciting! And you go ahead and lose it where ever you so choose, girl. It's a good thing! :)

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  8. I'm so happy for you girl! Been missing you in the blog world, but life gets crazy. I understand. P.S. You're picking him up from the airport on my fifth anniversary (of dating) with the boyfriend. :) You rock. I hope it's all you wish and more.

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  9. I am sure that this is a perfectly good reason for the sappy tears. The best, actually.

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  10. how special that he will be home for christmas!! you are totally allowed to get sappy about it! :) i hope you all have a fabulous time together!

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  11. ahhhh soo cute! and so happy he is so close to coming home! please do the dramatic airport run!
    -Bobbi

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  12. I know that feeling, and I know how excited you are!! Hold it together for these next few weeks and ENJOY your time with him!! :)

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  13. Please say a big thank-you to him for all he does - your blog makes the sacrifice of the service personal so evident. I am very thankful for the brave people who protect and serve our country - and reading your blog highlights all the sacrifice required to do so. SO to him and all missing loved ones - a big heartfelt THANK-YOU...

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  14. I'm so happy for you!! By the way, Johanna, from "Birds on a Wire" has a guest blog post up on my blog today. :) xo

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  15. Oh my... this made me tear up! I couldn't even imagine feeling the way you do and having to be without him for so long. I'm soooo happy he is coming home soon!!!! Enjoy it!

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  16. You made me go and cry. I hope your holiday together is perfect in every single way.

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  17. Hey Bethany. I never comment, but this was so sweet. I wish you a very quick and painless next few weeks until you can be close (in person) with your love again. There's nothing like it!

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  18. Hurray! He's coming home!!So so happy for you! I hope the days fly by in the mean time!

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  19. so excited for you! so great.

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  20. am so freakin' jazzed for you + g. any man that is making you this happy needs to be in this town. now.

    sidenote: any chance you may squeeze me/rach/whoever else in for a chance to meet your fella?

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  21. I can't wait for you to be reunited with Gabe :) You deserve a very merry christmas this year!

    LB

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  22. you are the cutest thing ever.

    i feel like i always comment that! :)

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