Monday, September 15, 2008

What is a Military Wife

What is a MILITARY Wife?
They may look different and each is wonderfully unique
But this they have in common.
lots of 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 for housing; waiting for orders;
waiting for deployment; waiting for reunion;
waiting for phones calls;
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 can balance a checkbook
handle the yard work
fix a noisy toilet.
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.
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.
She is fiercely IN-dependent
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 and accept offers of friendship and favors
and 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' he can't just decide to quit.
He's on-call for his country 24/7 but for you, he's the most...
Unreliable guy in town!
His language is foreign: TDY, PCS, OPR, ACC, BDU
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.
Military Wife has her moments--
She wants to wring his neck,
dye his uniform pink,
and 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,
and 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.
I don't have the author of this poem, but it is awesome. Enjoy and pass is on. Amanda


Alycia said...

Oh my Amanda! This is so perfect ~ I love it!!! May I borrow it for my blog?

Thank you so much for your encouraging note on my own post. I am considering so many options. One reason that I am pulled to our next duty station is because we are at the end of our tour here in Japan, and our next duty station is 30 mins. to 2 hours from all of our extended family members. That aspect makes me wonder if moving ahead of my hubby would benefit the children and I by allowing us to spend extra family time with those we do not normally see.

Have a blessed day!

Michelle said...

Thanks for sharing this! I loved it! I'm going to share it on my blog too :)