10/19/06 19:27:12 - Location

Over the nearly eight years that we’ve been married, MaryBeth and I have come to an understanding of what exactly makes our relationship as strong as it is. Our marriage is healthy because we spend huge amounts of time apart. Between basic training, the Olympics and Bosnia, we figured that we had actually spent nearly half of our wedded life apart, but it worked out well. I would leave, we would have a long-distance relationship, and because absence makes the heart grow fonder, when I came home, everything would be wonderful. For about 6-12 months. And then I would leave.

We thought that the pattern would be broken after I got out of the Guard, but then Aren and MaryBeth left for his transplant. Once again, they returned and everything was great. We’ve come to realize that we just need alone time, sometimes. It wasn’t much of a surprise when MaryBeth called me at work a few months ago and told me that she was going to Utah to visit her family. “And you’re not invited,” she added.

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