I'm sure tons of y'all watched the Super Bowl and saw this ad.
I was watching with three other army spouses, all of us with deployed spouses. With the very first screen all of us froze and stared at the T.V. I was crying less than ten seconds in. I have watched it a few more time, and still get a little teary. I think it is pretty accurate for how many of us feel. Life is carrying on, but there is an enduring sense that something is missing. I love that it actually shows the reality of a deployment. So many deployments are characterized by just a few steps. 1) He leaves 2) You cry on the couch and eat cookie dough 3) He comes back and there are dramatic pictures of you jumping into his arms.
The actually pulling yourself together and carrying on isn't glamorous. It doesn't make for whiny Facebook posts or Instagram pictures. It is slow and steady. It allows that you will be happy while he is gone. Lane hasn't been gone that long, and I have a long time to go before I get my dramatic reunion. But I know that so much will happen in between. I appreciate this ad for that reason alone.
What did y'all think of the ad?