Friday, May 8, 2015

Thank You, Sister Wives


Thank you, military spouses.



In the sea of "I don't know how you do its", you are the ones who say "you can do it!" You know that empathy beats sympathy every single time.


While the rest of the world forgets about a deployment or a detachment (because most can't fathom how long they are really gone), you are the one with the wine, chocolate, and shoulder. Often and always. You understand paper chains and M&M countdowns. Homecomings aren't just youtube videos to you.

 

You are the easiest friends I have ever made. You are the most generous, thoughtful, and wonderful.
 



You are adventurous. Most people can't fathom your organizational skills, creativity, and willingness to move across country or around the world into the land of the unknown. With an open heart and an optimistic outlook you learn new cultures, deal with rejection, and celebrate the first time you drive on the "wrong" side of the road. Even if you do mistake the windshield wipers for the turn signal the first 10 outings.



Your friends list is never full. You don't discriminate. You are a master of all trades. You know that Murphy's Law is TRUTH and can fix a dishwasher, change a tire, and rock power tools.


"You just wait until your dad gets home" is not a phrase you ever utter. You handle it. While you aren't a single parent, you are a professional solo parent.


Most importantly, you are the light. You hold down the fort. Your children know you are their constant, your friends know you are dependable, and you absolutely are a vital part of the military complex. Without you, believe me, things would quickly fall apart.


Thank you, military spouses. Today and always. You are the best sister wives.



 

2 comments:

Karen @ And Then We Laughed said...

Great post, Jill. And I couldn't agree more. It is amazing how fast and how close we become with friends at a new duty station/post. I've cried with the most, laughed the hardest, and shared some amazing adventures with military friends (let's face it, they're family). I'd be lost without them!

April said...

This is so beautiful Jill! I should have said something to you in person when we were walking towards preschool, but my head was in a million different directions this morning. I so enjoy reading you blog. I have, for whatever reason, downplayed the role the military plays in my life as a spouse since Jon and I have been together. Perhaps it's because I fear losing my identity to it...who knows, but your posts have given me more freedom to be proud of what our family does...individual and as a unit...so thanks for that! Looking forward to continuing on reading it as we prep to move abroad and beyond

Hi, I'm Jill!

Hi, I'm Jill!
Extrovert. Mom of two. Wife of a cute Naval Aviator. Lover of wine. When I'm not chasing my two kids around town you will find me writing, taking too many photos, and researching the ten future areas the Navy could potentially (but probably won't) PCS us. We are fish out of water, landlocked at 7,000 feet. For now.

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