Tony leaves for Afghanistan on July 24th. Right now he is in California and has been there for two weeks. I won't get to see him before he leaves and he will be gone for seven months, that is if they don't extend his deployment. Tony and I met when I was a freshman in college but things didn't really work out. Now, 4 years later we are talking. We haven't made our status "official" by any means, but our love is mutual and I have vowed to be his when he returns from his deployment, not because he asked but because I can not, will not, and do not want to be with anyone else. I know this is going to be very difficult, the most difficult thing I will ever have to experience but I want to stand by him, support him, and love him through this entire or deal. I know how long distance can be and I know all the relationships I have been in have prepared me for this (for one, they were all long distance). But sometimes I get scared when I think about how long it will be till I am in his arms again.