We’ve all been there. You finally make friends at your new location. Really good friends. The ones who will watch your kids no questions asked, help you out during deployments when you didn’t even know you needed help, and your husband’s are even great friends. Those kind of friends are hard to make and when we finally have them, it makes your world that much better.
Then comes the day when they get orders. She is leaving you! How dare she. After the initial upset and possibly a few tears shed, don’t think of how sad you’ll be when she’s gone, think positive! It may be the only way to make it.
– You’ll get to go grocery shopping, in her kitchen! She won’t be able to take the contents of her fridge and if she’s going overseas, she won’t be able to take the contents of her pantry either. Those last few weeks when they are dealing with movers and clearing housing, help her out by cleaning out her kitchen! Maybe feed them a couple times with all that food too.
– It’s a great excuse to eat out all the time. You know all those restaurants you’ve talked about eating at, but have never gotten around to? Now’s your chance! Lunches out together and dinners out as couples. What better way to convince your husband than to tell him if you don’t go now, they’ll never get to go because they’re leaving (insert sad face and tear)!
– With her gone, you have reasons to buy all those cute cards and that fun stationary. You can send her happy mail! Right? Go crazy at the stationary store. It’s ok.
– With her going through a PCS from your location first, she’ll help you understand the process, what needs to be done, and where to go to do it.
– As time goes on and you and your friends move away, you’ll soon have friends all over the world. It’s always fun to go see someone in a new city, where lodging is covered and they can show you around. During a cross country PCS, you get to the point where you could stop every night and stay with old friends.
What would you consider a positive about your friends PCSing before you?