:( Me, too.Years ago, when he was only a part-time Guard soldier and we lived a primarily civilian life in a civilian neighborhood with civilian friends, his huge green duffel dominated our tiny living room for weeks as he prepared to deploy to Kosovo. A visiting friend gestured questioningly at this "elephant in the room" - it really was a small room which served as toy room too (it was the only living space in our little house). Yes, it was annoying, I told her, but when it's gone, it means he's gone too. So I never complained.
Please, be respectful. We're all friends here. We can disagree with respect.