My husband deploys this week. I’m watching him do all the things he does before deployment. Loading new pictures onto his digital photo album. Packing uniforms. Getting his car serviced. The top of his dresser is clear for the first time in…well, forever.
And this is a moment that being in love with someone hurts. This is a moment in which I feel him almost physically torn from me. This is a moment neither of us can believe two people who love each other this much are going to be apart for so long.
But we aren’t the only ones. Deployment love quotes have a way of reminding us that love is like this for other people too—across the country, all over the world, throughout time. Here is a mix of deployment love quotes that reminds me just what will be required of love over the next eight months.
“Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get — only with what you are expecting to give — which is everything.” Katherine Hepburn
“Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones, as the wind blows out the candle and blows up the bonfire.” Francois de la Rouchefoucauld
“Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new.” Ursula K. LeGuin
“Love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.” Khalil Gibran
“Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.” Anais Nin
“Love can change a person the way a parent can change a baby–awkwardly, and often with a great deal of mess.” Lemony Snicket
“Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up. James Baldwin
”It’s not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what is required.” — Winston Churchill
“I think a man and a woman should choose each other for life, for the simple reason that a long life with all its accidents is barely enough time for a man and a woman to understand each other.” William Butler Yeats
“What greater thing is there for two human souls that to feel that they are joined… to strengthen each other… to be at one with each other in silent unspeakable memories. George Eliot
“Couples who are ‘meant to be’ are the ones who go through everything that is meant to tear them apart and come out even stronger than you were before.” Anonymous