Today is Military Spouse Appreciation Day, and how I just treasure these precious people who speak my milspouse language — who talk in acronyms, count life events by duty stations and make new friends like they’re speed dating (because every seasoned milspouse knows he or she may only have two years to make friends before the military moves her again)!
Milspouses, you’re not just my husband’s coworkers’ other halves — you are my brothers and sisters, my battle buddies, my delivery room divas and my forever and ever and ever (until the military stations us together again) friends. And today, I honor you.
Happy Milspouse Appreciation Day.
You Know You’re a Military Spouse When …
Thanks to the Facebook contributions of some amazing military spouses!
1. Your service member’s work and dress clothes cost more than yours.
2. Your service member asks you to hand him a magazine, and your first response is to grab the one for the gun.
3. You mark time in duty stations, not in years.
4. You show your military ID to the greeter at Walmart.
5. You’re the TC, not a back seat driver.
6. You run out of candy on Halloween and, instead of making a run to the store, start ripping open MREs to find the M&Ms inside.
7. You’ve ever had a pet named Scout, Ranger or Sergeant.
8. Your favorite man to see each day is the mailman.
9. Your children think their other parent is a 2D character on Skype.
10. You separate your laundry into lights, darks, woodlands and deserts.
11. You plan your kids between deployments.
12. You’ve un-friended a Facebook friend for complaining about her civilian husband’s week-long business trip.
13. You can unpack a house and have everything in place in 48 hours.
14. You can remember where you kept the Scotch tape in your last house but unfortunately not in this one.
15. You never get to see the perennials you planted bloom.
16. You watch your kids play gate guard.
17. Muddy combat boots all over a clean floor is a GOOD thing.
18. You know exactly how much all your stuff weighs. To the pound.
19. You have to translate acronyms when talking to family or civilian friends.
20. Staying somewhere for three years is a “long time.”
21. You have a dozen different curtains in storage bins because the curtains at Fort Wainwright never fit the windows in the post house at Fort Knox.
22. You have a complete meltdown at the post commissary with three kids and two grocery carts and everyone there smiles and thinks it’s normal.
23. You say, “Thank God my service member is ONLY TDY for 30 days!”
24. You have a neighborhood mom or dad.
25. You count life events as “during the first deployment” and “during the second deployment.”
26. You know what a Flat Mommy and Flat Daddy are.
27. The employees at Bamboo Panda know you by name, order and deployment craving.
28. You know how to operate a weed wacker, lawn mower, jumper cable and every power tool in your garage.
29. You share personal information with new acquaintances like you’re speed dating (because really, you only have one to two years to become best friends before you move again).
30. DEERS, dog tags and squids have nothing to do with animals.
31. Someone asks for your social security number and your first response is to give your service member’s.
32. Stewart, Gordon and Lewis are NOT the names of ex-boyfriends.
33. Your kid’s first question to a new friend is, “So when do you move away?”
34. You don’t have friends until your spouse deploys because you’re too busy being a hometown tourist every weekend he or she is home (because you never know how long you’ll get to enjoy the area!).
35. You don’t know whether to attend the singles’ Sunday school class or the Marrieds because even though you’re married, no one has ever seen your service member.
36. You find out another girl is a military spouse and you love her already.
37. You deliver babies with a laptop present.
38. You think delivering babies is a free event.
39. You've had five different jobs in four years. You've had five different addresses in four years. You've had five new best friends in four years. Thankfully, you've had the same spouse for five years, but you haven't seen him or her in three.
40. You can make fun of the military all day long but call in Rangers if anyone else dares to mock the organization and the country that you, too, serve.
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