This was when he got back from his 1st MEU. We missed the whole coming home ceremony. He told me he was getting deployed March 1… they left March 2. I drove 3 1/2 hours that night. Actually my best friend drove, not only was I hysterically crying, but there was a tornado warning.. I’m scared of thunderstorms.. especially tornados. He was only gone for 2 1/2 months but it felt like forever. This work up for his next MEU makes me nervous, because this time he’ll be gone for 7-9 months.. and I won’t know where he is..so basically Deployments suck, but these moments make this lifestyle worth it. The amount of pride, happiness, relief and every other emotion in just that first moment, is a feeling unlike any other. That’s what this life gives you.