to Military Spouses
Over the years
I have talked a lot about military spouses,
they are and the price they pay for freedom too.
The funny thing
about it, is most military spouses don't consider themselves different
from other spouses. They do what they have to do, bound together not
by blood or merely friendship, but with a shared spirit whose origin
is in the very essence of what love truly is. Is there truly a difference?!
You have to decide for yourself.
get married and look forward to building equity in a home and putting
down family roots. Military spouses get married and know they'll live in base housing or rent, and their
roots must be short so they can be transplanted frequently.Other spouses
decorate a home with flair and personality that will last a lifetime.
decorate a home with flare tempered with the knowledge that no two base
houses have the same size windows or same size rooms. Curtains have
to be flexible! and multiple sets are a plus. Furniture must fit like
puzzle pieces.Other spouses have immaculate living rooms and are seldom
used. Military spouses have immaculate living room/dining room combos.
The coffee table got a scratch or two moving from Germany, but it still
looks pretty good.
say good-bye to their spouse for a business trip and know they won't
see them for a week. They are lonely, but can survive. Military spouses
say good-bye to their deploying spouse and know that they won't see
them for a month, or for a remote, a year. They are lonely, but they
Other spouses, when a washer hose blows off,
call Maytag and then write a check out for getting the hose reconnected.
Military spouses will cut the water off and fix it themselves.Other
spouses get used to saying hello to friends they see all the time. Military
spouses get used to saying good-bye to friends made the last two years.
worry about whether their child will be class president next year. Military
spouses worry about whether their child will be accepted in yet another
new school next year and whether that school will be the worst in the
can count on spouse participation in special events, birthdays, anniversaries,
concerts, football games, graduation, and even the birth of a child.
Military spouses only count on each other; because they realize that
the Flag has to come first if freedom is to survive. It has to be that
put up yellow ribbons when the troops are imperiled across the globe
and take them down when the troops come home. Military spouses wear
yellow ribbons around their hearts and they never go away.
Other spouses worry about being late for Mom's
Thanksgiving dinner. Military spouses worry about getting back from Japan
in time for Dadâ€™s funeral.And other spouses are touched by the
television program showing an elderly lady putting a card down in the
front of a long, black wall that has names on it. The card simply says,
"Happy Birthday, Sweetheart. You would have been sixty today." A military
spouse is the lady with the card. The wall is the Vietnam Memorial.
I would never
say military spouses are better or worse than other spouses are. But
I will say there is a difference. And I will say that our country asks
more of military spouses than asked of other spouses. And I! will say
without hesitation that military spouses pay just as high a price for
freedom as do their active duty husbands or wives. Perhaps the price
they pay is even higher.
Dying in service
to our Country isn't near as hard as loving someone who has died in
service to our Country, and having to live without them.
God Bless our
military spouses for all they freely give...