29 January 2010

Military Wives....

A very close friend of mine sent this to me today, and I just had to share with all of you.  I love being a military wife and wouldn't want it any other way! 



Military Wife
Lots of moving...

Moving...

Moving...

Moving far from home...

Moving two cars, three kids and one dog...all riding with HER of course.

Moving sofas to basements because they won't go in THIS house;

Moving curtains that won't fit;

Moving jobs and certifications and professional development hours.

Moving away from friends;

Moving toward new friends;

Moving her most important luggage: her trunk full of memories.



Often waiting...

Waiting...

Waiting...

Waiting for housing.

Waiting for orders.

Waiting for deployments.

Waiting for phone calls.

Waiting for reunions.

Waiting for the new curtains to arrive.

Waiting for him to come home,

For dinner...AGAIN!

They call her 'Military Dependent', but she knows better:

She is fiercely In-Dependent.


She can balance a check book;

Handle the yard work;

Fix a noisy toilet;

Bury the family pet...



She is intimately familiar with drywall anchors and toggle bolts.

She can file the taxes;

Sell a house;

Buy a car;

Or set up a move...

.....all with ONE Power of Attorney.



She welcomes neighbors that don't welcome her.

She reinvents her career with every PCS;

Locates a house in the desert, The Arctic, Or the deep south.

And learns to call them all 'home'.

She MAKES them all home.



Military Wives are somewhat hasty...

They leap into:

Decorating,

Leadership,

Volunteering,

Career alternatives,

Churches,

And friendships.

They don't have 15 years to get to know people.

Their roots are short but flexible.

They plant annuals for themselves and perennials for those who come after them.



Military Wives quickly learn to value each other:

They connect over coffee,

Rely on the spouse network,

Accept offers of friendship and favors.

Record addresses in pencil...

Military Wives have a common bond:

The Military Wife has a husband unlike other husbands; his commitment is unique.

He doesn't have a 'JOB'

He has a 'MISSION' that he can't just decide to quit...

He's on-call for his country 24/7.

But for her, he's the most unreliable guy in town!

His language is foreign

TDY

PCS

OPR

SOS

ACC

BDU

ACU

BAR

CIB

TAD

And so, a Military Wife is a translator for her family and his.

She is the long- distance link to keep them informed;

the glue that holds them together.

A Military Wife has her moments:

She wants to wring his neck;

Dye his uniform pink;

Refuse to move to Siberia;

But she pulls herself together.

Give her a few days,

A travel brochure,

A long hot bath,

A pledge to the flag,

A wedding picture,

And she goes.

She packs.

She moves.

She follows.


Why?

What for?

How come?

You may think it is because she has lost her mind.

But actually it is because she has lost her heart.

It was stolen from her by a man,

Who puts duty first,

Who longs to deploy,

Who salutes the flag,

And whose boots in the doorway remind her that as long as he is her Military Husband,

She will remain his military wife.

And would have it no other way.

--Author Unknown

3 comments:

  1. So true! You know, being a military wife is good training for life in general--the only constant is change. In this life, you learn to accept that as a given, and to make the most of any situation. I may be new to this lifestyle, but I welcomed it knowing that my family and I would come out stronger in the end if we learned to adapt and "bloom where you're planted". Thanks for sharing this!

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  2. Lily~So very true! I think you are doing an awesome job for just entering this new lifestyle. It is a very hard job but it is so worth it. When you are at each duty station, you always learn something new about yourself. For example, I have never liked snow, being from Minnesota you would think I would be okay with it, but no. After living here in Alaska for the short months we have, I have come to really enjoy the snow. Who would of thought ;) Thank you for the comment, and you are doing a great job. Blessings!

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  3. Cold right now in SCJanuary 30, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    As I read this, I thought of you and how each one of these one liners is you. You are a true military wife. I don't think you could be anything else at this time in your life. You have learned to weather the cold, the hot and the rainy climates. Me I can only weather the cold temps around 35.

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