So my usual Five for Friday will have to turn into a Six for Saturday, because I have something else I need to share today.
exactly one year ago I announced that we were moving to Italy in the
fall of 2011. For nine months we did nothing but dream about our life
out here and plan our move.
been here for five months and as of a couple weeks ago I finally feel myself getting settled in. It turns out that it really does take
six months before you feel like you belong here. Pictures are finally
getting hung on our huge white, cement walls; I’m discovering more
places around town; I started taking Italian classes so I can have a conversation with locals; and we made a list of all the places we want to visit while we’re out here. Life was good and we were finally in a
Only our future got turned upside down. Last night the Department of Defense announced they are closing my husband’s squadron out here in Italy (links take you to news articles and press releases).
His squadron is closing and all 336 airman and their families (and
pets) will have to leave. “Inactivated” is actually the word they’re
using to say that things are shutting down, and apparently this will
happen sometime in the 2013 fiscal year.
Here’s the crappy part: that’s literally all we know. That’s not true. We also know that the squadron will still deploy. After that, everything is up in the air.
Here are the main things we’d like answers to sooner, rather than later:
- When are we actually leaving?
- Where we will go?
- Can we stay in Europe?
- How much notice will we have?
- What my husband will do career-wise?
news broke publicly across the world before my husband’s commander even
had a chance to tell his people about it. They had a meeting this
morning and the commander doesn’t know anymore than we know. How’s that for poor
timing? Thanks, military.
now we’re still in shock and a little sad while we deal
with…well…deal with the unknown. We don’t have any answers and we
don’t know when we’ll get those answers.
I do know is that we’re re-prioritizing and evaluating our time out
here. Most people get at least three years (with deployments mixed in)
to travel and enjoy their time at whatever base they’re at—stateside or
overseas. We will most likely have a little more than one year here
(less time for my husband because of the deployment) before we have to
pack up and move somewhere again. I’m thankful for the trips we’ve
already gone on and will definitely take advantage and treasure the rest
of our time here.
So where do we go from here? We sit and
wait for answers, and in the mean time we enjoy the rest of our time
here. Since we’ll hopefully (cross your fingers and toes!) still be in
Italy for the next year I’m going to try to finish decorating our house.
We’re going to put the rest of our photos up on the walls and complete
our guest room. I’m going to spend more time at the coffee shop next
door, have more conversations with my neighbor, and I want to be
exhausted from traveling too much. We don’t want to get complacent and
throw away the rest of our time here. So that’s the plan.
you hear that, Air Force? Despite you cutting our time here short, we
have a plan. And instead of getting bummed*, I’m going to try very hard
to get excited for what our future may hold.
let my chipper outlook on this fool you, because right now I’m very,
very bummed, but I’m going to try looking at this in a glass half-full
kind of way.