Grab the tissue box and start wiping those eyes. It’s that time again when orders are issued and families start saying their goodbyes. I never really paid much attention to the whole process but this time a dear friend of mine who has lived through the thick and thin with me was calling me first to tell me that she was leaving, going far away. She was telling me that I needed to hear it from her first before she told anyone else. That’s when it hit; I was suddenly in the Permanent Change of Station (PCS) countdown.
It seemed very unfair to me, but we all know that eventually the day will come, that moving every few years is the way it is and countdowns, whether they be for deployments or PCS moves, is a fact of life.
I will clearly admit it has not been easy. I have been waiting, thinking maybe the orders will get changed, that we have plenty of time. But the countdown has moved from months to days, and I realize that the years we spent together are quickly coming to a close. Really, does the friendship we have built come to an end?
No, toss the tissue box and say hello to modern technology. More like, THANK YOU, face book, skype, twitter, emailing and every form of technology that can keep us talking each and every day. We are even considering meeting up somewhere in between for a little vacation time together. Nowadays we can keep the friendships we have made over the years and keep them going. Toss aside that tissue box unless you are wiping tears of joy.
So, even as you wave your friends goodbye as they head off to the airport, remember this, cherish your memories but know instead of waving goodbye, as if it is forever, shout out, see ya online.