If your a military brat or spouse then you KNOW that everything I’m about to tell you is 100% true. It can be verified by asking anyone in the military. Sure the details might vary on a case by case basis. But for the most part we military families know these facts to be true.
The very moment your spouse steps foot onto foreign soil something in your household will break. Don’t believe me? Let me catalog the things that have broken in the last 7 months. The battery had to be replaced in the car, the printer died, the Wireless Router kicked it, the rice cooker met it’s maker, and the vacuum caught fire. And let us not forget the Valentines Cell Phone Debacle of 2011.
You’ll spend at least half of your spouse’s deployment waiting in line at the Post Office. You can fill out a customs form in your sleep and you know exactly how much junk important stuff you can fit into a flat rate box.
Paying the bills, child rearing, filing taxes, car maintenance, cleaning the house, and the never ending cycle of laundry are your sole responsibility. LUCKY! You don’t get a break or a time out. And if the children are sick, there is no back up. You are the LONE RANGER. Except you don’t get a fast horse named Silver or a spiffy mask.
Sometimes you have to make decisions without your spouse’s input. Especially since the Army Man is sleeping when we are awake. Occasionally the nature of a situation just doesn’t give you time to wait for a consult with your spouse. You learn to make hard and fast decisions and then abide by the consequences of said decisions.
While the home life of a military family isn’t a cake walk I certainly wouldn’t want to trade places with the Army Man. He bears the brunt of the hardships while I just try to keep the home fires burning.
And not to fear there are some perks. The power of the remote control is mine and mine alone. (Insert wicked laugh here) No one leaves their dirty clothes right next to the hamper instead placing them directly inside the hamper. *cough. ARMY MAN. cough* Ahem. Sorry I must have something stuck in my throat. =) I am the lucky recipient of all the kisses and hugs from my kiddos. I get to see them grow and learn. I don’t have to hear about it second hand and see them grow in pictures and videos.
Besides all the work, the many appliances failing, the fact that the Army Man is on the other side of the universe…yeah it’s not all that bad.