Military spouse life is a unique experience. Whether you are stationed overseas in places like Japan or Germany, stationed in the US, or as a spouse of a National Guard or Reserves member.
The military life is one filled with highs and lows, twists and turns, unexpected blessings and unfortunate disappointments.
The the truth is, as a military community we can relate to many shared experiences. Here are a few of them:
You know you are a military spouse when…
You know your spouse’s social more than your own. You hardly have to use yours.
You cringe when your spouse comes home with “news”. Is it good news or bad news or what? Just tell me!
You know you have to avoid the Commissary on paydays and yet you find yourself there anyway. Whatcha gonna do?
You have friends in Bahrain, Japan, Germany, and England. And think it would be lovely if you could visit all of them but it might never happen because you are stuck in Kentucky.
You have a radar for all things “free childcare”.
You never want to write your dates in pen because they always seem to change, especially when it comes to leave dates.
You love that there is an amazing Walt Disney World discount but you just pray leave dates don’t change so you can make the trip.
You get tired of people asking if you will be coming home for Christmas because you don’t even know where you will be stationed in December and if that would mean a three-hour car ride or $4000 in plane tickets.
You have three children and they were all born in different continents.
You dream of going to Europe but the military sent you to New York instead.
Your living room looks like camo threw up all over it when your spouse is getting ready for deployment or other trainings.
You know the care package deal like the back of your hand, and can juggle a package, a toddler, and a baby, while in line at the post office.
You have your drill weekend traditions down to a science. So much so, that when drill weekend dates change, you aren’t sure if you are happy he will be home or a little disappointed your plans will have to wait.
You move so often, you have a specific list of tasks you know you have to do, and you get started on it immediately.
A business asks you for your zip code and you have to think a minute about which one to give them.
You accidentally give the gate guard your gym membership card and have to laugh at the silly joke they make to you about it.
You spend many of your holidays with friends because traveling home with three kids is a lot when your spouse is deployed.
You know you belong to a community of other spouses that overall are willing to support you and help you on your military life journey.