I did not write this, it was on a friends page on Facebook, but it's totally true. So I wanted to put this on my website. For you Military Spouses out there, I totally get it!!
A Military Spouse
Lots of moving...
Moving far from home...
Moving two cars, three kids and one dog...all riding with them 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 the most important luggage: the trunk full of memories.
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 them to come home, for dinner...AGAIN!
They call them 'Military Dependent', but they know better:
They are fiercely In-Dependent.
They can balance a check book;
Handle the yard work;
Fix a noisy toilet;
Bury the family pet...
They are intimately familiar with drywall anchors and toggle bolts.
They can file the taxes;
Sell a house;
Buy a car;
Or set up a move... .....all with ONE Power of Attorney.
They welcome neighbors that aren't welcoming.
They reinvent their career with every PCS;
Locates a house in the desert, the Arctic, or the deep south.
And learns to call them all 'home'.
And then MAKES them all home.
Military Spouses are somewhat hasty...
They leap into:
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 Spouses 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 Spouses have a common bond:
The Military Spouse has a spouse unlike other spouses; their commitment is unique.
They don`t have a 'JOB'
They have a 'MISSION' that they can't just decide to quit...
They are on-call for their country 24/7.
But for them, they are the most unreliable person in town!
Their language is foreign
And so, a Military Spouse is a translator for their families.
They are the long- distance link to keep them informed;
the glue that holds them together.
A Military Spouse has their moments:
They want to wring their necks;
Dye their uniform pink;
Refuse to move to Siberia;
But they pull themselves together.
Give them a few days,
A travel brochure,
A long hot bath,
A pledge to the flag,
A wedding picture,
And they go.
You may think it is because they have lost their mind.
But actually it is because they have lost their heart.
It was stolen from them by their spouse,
Who puts duty first,
Who longs to deploy,
Who salutes the flag,
And whose boots in the doorway remind them that as long as they are their spouse,
They will remain a military spouse.
And would have it no other way.