I am married to someone who is actively serving in our country’s military.
I am a military spouse. I’ll be the first to admit that I have taken that lightly over the years. I have, well, umm, even…complained about military life. But for better or for worse, this is what we do–as a family. I have over the course of 20 years actively, inactively, directly, and indirectly been a part of the community that is the U.S. Military. As the years have accumulated so have the stakes. His responsibility has increased. Our family increased. His deployments increased. Tears have increased.
Sometimes I would get mad and throw my fist at the sky. “Do you have any idea what you are asking of our family!?” I would want to yell to whomever. I wanted both empathy and appreciation from some high ranking person of extreme authority. In other words, I took it personally.
Then one day I stopped.
I stopped taking it personally. I stopped taking the fact that I was a military spouse lightly. I stopped looking at it as– just my husband’s job.
When I stopped–my small picture enlarged. All these irritating details were erased in the bright light of the greater good. So very hard to see when you are up close, but when you take a step back (or maybe 100 steps back) and can shut out all the “noise” you can feel it.
You can feel the good rising above the bad. You can feel the right over the wrong. You can feel the pride for our kids’ future over the pride of many egos.
Yes, our life can be very hard compared to others. But so can the opposite be true. We all have our hurdles. And who needs to be handled with white gloves?
Happiness at Home. That’s what I write about. Today I’m broadening my viewpoint.
We have it because so many have fought for it. We have it because people have put their lives on the line for the greater good.
So instead of being really mad at our politicians during this mess that we are in— I’m focusing on gratitude for our Troops.
Thank you for our Home. You are the ones that have made and continue to make our country beautiful.
God Bless Our Troops and My Husband.
Thank you for Home.