I'm not with the Army wives community right now, since I chose to move to be with family during the deployment. I have no doubt that it would have been a terrific support system if I had stayed. However, I know that Army wife communities can sometimes become rumor mills, especially during deployments. This is something I thought I would not have to deal since I moved away.
However, apparently rumors exist among the soldiers overseas too. The registration for the Chicago Marathon (which is in October) is about to open. When I told James I was thinking about registering as soon as possible as it's supposed to fill up pretty quick, he told me to wait a few days. What?!
He wasn't going to tell me because he didn't want to get my hopes up, but there have been rumors that their requests for R&R leave were denied, because it is switching to a 9 month deployment*. Rumors. So that means I need to wait on Chicago Marathon, since we would be back home in Washington at that time.
The guys that have the first couple slots for R&R leave not too long after the Chicago Marathon registration opens. If they leave, then it's probably going to stay at 12 months. Probably. You know it's the Army, so they can always change their mind. Multiple times. So I'm trying not to get my hopes up, but of course that's impossible. If he gets switched to 9 months, then it would be even longer before I see him but then he would be home. If those guys do get leave, I'm gonna go ahead and register for the marathon. Obviously, I would prefer the former.
So guess what I'm praying for these days.. really hard.
*Soldiers on 12 month deployments get 2 weeks R&R leave sometime during the deployment. Soldiers on 9 month deployments don't, but of course they get to come home sooner.