The day Chris sailed away from Norfolk, I made a goal that surprised me: to get a story in Norfolk’s Virginian-Pilot. When our family moved to Norfolk two years ago, I had been pregnant with Wheezy Woo and decided to feel free not to worry about working during this tour. Deployment changes your mind about things unexpectedly.
It’s fun to look back at the seven months Chris has been gone and see all the things we accomplished individually that we would not have done if we’d been together. Chris could tell you some stories…but for now I’m just talking about the homefront.
First of all, working at the Chrysler Museum of Art. It seemed like everything was upside down already so why not apply for something way outside my normal? Then going to Africa and writing about it for the Houston Chronicle. I wrote a piece about Mardis Gras for the Virginian-Pilot’s online component, and I started contributing to Spousebuzz at military.com. I did some work for The Writers for Hire and wrote for Samaritan’s Purse.
And the day Chris came home, I had my first print story for the Pilot on B1 (that’s the front page of the features section). It felt very full circle, since I made that goal as the boat sailed out of sight.
You can find me in features again this Saturday!