" It's easy to walk away and date a civilian. But instead we wake up to an empty side of the bed, we check our phones every second hoping for that five minute phone call or three worded text, we break down and cry when we miss him, we force a smile because the pride and love of our men is stronger than anything else. We cherish every moment because we are never promised tomorrow. So, yes it's very easy to walk away, but we chose to get up, and stand strong next to our heroes the same way the stand strong for our country" "It's so hard and I don't want to end up like my mother always so alone and tired..... I just- I just can't go through what my mom went through all the waiting, all the wondering. I don't think I can go through that again, wh-what if I can't love him enough." I paused tears streaming down my face. ".... What if he doesn't make it back..." My lip quivered. "Honey, you love him don't you?" She asked. I didn't even have to think about it of course I did. I nodded my head whipping the tears that were still falling down my face. "Don't let being afraid stop you from what makes you happy, dear." She paused probably thinking about wording her next sentence. "Distance does to love, what wind does to fire... It extinguishes the weak and feeds the strong." She said letting what she said sink into my mind. "Darling you are strong, you are very strong. This is your choice, dear. Make sure you make the right one. Now go, Dear." she shooed me. "Go to him and tell him how you feel, I'm sure he will respect your decision, what ever it may be. Now go." I turned and ran to my car, but before I could open the door to my car. "Mackenzie!" She shouted. "Don't regret anything, and remember what I said Distance does to love, what wind does to fire... It extinguishes the weak and feeds the strong, my dear." That was the last thing she said before she went inside. And left me thinking.