Now that we're safe, sound, and back home, I feel that I can look back on the evacuation with some objectivity. Being evacuated is something that I never would have ever chosen to do. But with that said, it was manageable. I think that if I had been separated from Brandon for the entire three months, I would have been saying something else entirely. But, I wasn't, and I'm grateful.
Although we've only been back for a handful of days, our time in Virginia is starting to fade in the fuzzy unreality of events completed. This is my reality, and living in the US was just some strange, long dream I woke up from in the Cairo airport.
But, despite the overall unpleasant situation - away from home, living in a random apartment, unstable situation, maxed-out credit card, husband gone - I can't say that the entire three months were complete misery.
I enjoyed being back in the US with a car, a GPS, somewhere to go, and somewhere to park when I got there. We've been going to the same park every Saturday since we've been here, and the girls were absolutely thrilled about the change. Every time I'd announce we were going to a whole new park the girls were happy for the rest of the day.
On the surface when I didn't think too much about our situation, life really wasn't too bad. I didn't have any housework, any appointments, and pretty much every day was filled with whatever I liked (as long as it included three children). We went to the zoo, the aquarium, lots and lots of parks, friends' houses, relatives' houses, and to grandma and grandpa's. Spending the first three months of my pregnancy on evacuation wasn't the worst thing because I already had excuses not to cook, and once Brandon left, I could sleep in as long as I liked. Once it got warm, a friend and I decided to have as many picnic meals at the park as we could.
But, of course, when I thought about the reality of the situation, it wasn't quite so rosy. I didn't bring anything to do with me, and after awhile the feeling of sitting and twiddling my thumbs began to drive me crazy. Not knowing exactly when all of this was going to end, was frustrating (although I had a pretty good guess which turned out to be true). The endless, expensive trips to Target for things I already owned grew a little old. And when my husband got sent back, things definitely took a turn for the worse.
But, the evacuation, like most things in life, ended. Which is something to remember in any unpleasant situation - all things end eventually. And when you're done, you're that much more grateful for the pleasant situation that comes in its place.