When a post goes into departure status, whether it’s authorized or ordered, the departure can only last for 180 days. After those 180 days are up, things either go back to how they were and everyone goes back, or post becomes some kind of unaccompanied. In the case of Dhaka, it’s now partially accompanied with working EFMs only.
So, we aren’t going back.
M is doing fine, thriving, actually; I’m muddling through.
We saw Nate for 19 days in December over Christmas and it was amazing. M immediately recognized him, probably due to FaceTime. We spent a magical 10 days in Paris and then celebrated Christmas with our families here in the good ole snowy Midwest. The time went by way too quickly and even though Nate only left in the end of December, it feels like so much more than that.
Hopefully the next three months will go by as quickly as December did. Hey, it’s almost the end of January already! Hurray for that. I’ll keep drowning my sorrows in wine and venison bacon (seriously, I just ate 4 pieces), and M will keep touching my iPhone screen and saying “Dada.”
Eventually this shit will all be over and we’ll be a complete family again.