I think I know what true love is after today.
When I landed my job with an affiliate of the FOX network, it was everything I've worked for. It's in my industry, it's salaried, it's a great learning experience ... and the best part? I was finally able to afford to quit waiting on tables! But then it hit me like a ton of bricks: oh my god. We're supposed to be PCSing to a new unit after our 3 year tour on Recruiting Duty is up in June 2012. Why couldn't this incredible opportunity have landed in my lap at least a year earlier???
I had spoken to Drew about the possibility of staying in Maine through next November, so that I can stay for a full year at my position; after all ... 12mos looks a heck of a lot better on your resume than 7 months. He must've known how important this was to me, because I haven't exactly been the world's biggest fan of the state of Maine. Now, don't get me wrong: I love my husband. I would never want to be separated from him if I didn't have to be; especially since the USMC manages to do that enough for us with deployments, MEUs and TDYs. However ... what's another 6 months in separate locations when all is said and done? This could really benefit our family in the long run. I haven't quite figured out a living situation, considering my *4* friends in the Northeast live in 1BR apartments with their S/Os, and I'm definitely not crazy about being the girl on the couch for 6 months .... but I'm a little creeped out by becoming the roommate of someone I've never met before.
Drew came home from work today, took my hands in his ... and asked me if I truly loved my job. Well, of course I do, silly! And his response? "Good. Because I talked to my monitor today ... and I asked him to extend my recruiting tour for another 6 months so we don't have to live hundreds, possibly thousands of miles apart from each other."
Oh my god.
He's kidding, right?!
No, he's not. I don't know that it's possible to extend after you've already put in your request for a PCS ... but the very fact that my husband would consider staying another 6 months as a recruiter, a job that he loathes with every fiber of his being ... just so I could succeed? That he would put his own comfort aside to be with the woman he loves? Maybe it's not possible for him to extend ... but I love him about 50x more (if that's even remotely possible) simply for the gesture.