We have over 5 months to go on this deployment, but our wives club is getting the party started early by making homecoming signs. Our target audience for the signs are our single sailors and single officers. We have a lot of young men and women working in support of the staff. Most of them are unmarried and on their first or second tour. If they’re unmarried, they probably come home to an empty barracks room or an empty house out in town. It must be very lonely. My husband has told me many times how depressing it was to come home from his first two deployments to an empty house. I can’t imagine coming home to an empty living space in a location that is, literally, on the other side of the world from all of their loved ones. I especially can’t imagine the loneliness if I was just 18 or 19 years old. We want to support that demographic the most.
To make their homecoming a little better, our wives group is planning some good stuff. We’ll decorate the office spaces and hallways with posters, streamers, and balloons before their return. We’ll have a group there to welcome them home with goodies and toiletries when they walk off the bus from the boat. We’ll post signs around the bus drop-off location. We’ll send baked goods into the office. We’ll have some special touches for them at the homecoming/winter holiday party. It’s not a lot, but it’s what we can do, and we hope it’s enough.
As you view my signs below, imagine the overwhelming smell of Sharpie markers permeating your olfactory nerves. I’ve smelled nothing but Sharpies for 5 days. I’m pretty certain that it’s impossible to get high off the marker smell because, if it WERE possible, I’d have been high continuously for the recent 5 days. Or maybe I HAVE been high and I just didn’t know it?! Seriously, anything is possible. I made an equal number of posters for my husband’s homecoming, so I’ve been working pretty hard these last few days.
Pay no mind to my “censoring” of names on the posters! As always, I’m trying to preserve my PERSEC and our Staff OPSEC.