Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day to my fellow ladies and gents holding down the home front! Being a military spouse can often be a thankless job, but today is the day that the service of all of these silent heroes is recognized.
Military spouses go beyond stereotypes: we’re men and women of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds. We’re business owners, college and graduate school grads, marathon runners, musicians, artists, parents, superheroes. We learn how to fold uniforms, how to make the most of a flat rate box, how to do things solo and that sometimes we have to come second to the military.
Being a military spouse is the craziest rollercoaster you could ever imagine riding. You get the highest of highs when your spouse comes home and you get to act like newlyweds again, followed by the lowest of lows the next time a deployment rolls around. There are a lot of sleepless nights, tearful goodbyes and lonely times.
But more than anything else, there is so much love and pride. I am so proud of my husband’s decision to give of himself so selflessly to people he doesn’t even know. I am proud of all the good things he does for the country and that I get to support him in some small way. I love finding ways to make the most of the time we have together. More than anything else, I love my sailor and would not trade our life together for anything in the world.
There are many ways to support military spouses, but don’t discount the power of saying “thank you”. Say thank you for our many days, nights and holidays spent alone. Say thank you for every time a pen left in a uniform pocket has ruined a load of laundry. Say thank you for every time we’ve said goodbye to our spouse and watched them walk away, taking a little piece of our heart with them.
Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day to the amazing men and women who I get to call my fellow military spouses. You all rock and I consider myself very lucky to be among your ranks!