It was 2006 and my husband had just left for his 1st deployment. We were about three months in when it was time for Thanksgiving. We were in Germany on a smaller post so almost everyone I knew had a deployed husband. Instead of spending the holiday alone a bunch of us got together and spent the day talking, eating and letting the kids play.
It was the best idea ever. Instead of being sad about our husbands not being home we got to enjoy the holiday together. I was pretty pregnant with Drew at the time but I still really enjoyed myself.
Now even years later I think about that day and how it was a perfect example of Military wives banning together to turn a bad thing into a good one. We all had each other and enjoyed spending the day making memories even though we had to do so without our husband there.
Another great thing about doing this is that we got to try new foods that might had been special to another wife that we had not ever had during Thanksgiving. It gave us a chance to share food or traditions that were special to us.
Now I am looking at another Thanksgiving with a deployed spouse. I have plans to spend the meal with a very good friend, her family and a bunch of other people. Now this year it won’t be a group of wives with deployed spouses but I know we will have fun and will enjoy the day.
One of the things about being a Military spouse is that sometimes holidays are spent with friends, not family. You make the best of a situation and go with it.
In other years we have gotten together with other Military families who did not go home for the long weekend. Not everyone can make it back for Thanksgiving. It is nice to be able to do that so you don’t feel so alone in being without family for the day.