Monday is one of those crazy days…..the weekend is over, time to get back to life – hubbies usually are back at work and its back to your version on the grind. Well in the blogging world, there are two things that happen on Monday’s for me….usually. Most of the time it’s Military Monday’s over at the most awesome blog Marine Parent’s, with her awesome blog and shop.
That’s such a crazy question because it seems like it might be a simple one. The military has been such a huge part of my life, that’s its hard to imagine not having it there. For the short time I thought it might not be I totally was freaking out. It actually kinda made me sad, more than scared, but you get my drift. Hubbs has been in for now for about ten years, two years longer then we’ve been married, and four years after we got together. I was fully a part of his decision and was 1000% on board. I grew up with a strong sense of Patriotism, and love and respect for the military – both real and romantic. I have a military in my family, and I even did my report on the most influential person in my life (in sixth grade) on my grandfather, who spent 20+ years in the Army and Army Guard. He served in Korea and even went to the Berlin Wall. My dad’s dad was a top turret gunner in World War II. Various Aunts and Uncles have also been in the military. Then of course there’s the romantic love of the military. Old war movies, total crushes on guys in uniform. I remember when I was like 13 or 14 I went on a tour of the Maritime Academy in Monterey, CA. That is pretty amazing and I was in total girlie heaven. Seems so silly now that I think about it. I am also the girl, that almost pulled over my car to snap a pic with an sailor in his Cracker Jack uniform in Petaluma one time. So funny. Watching Anchor’s Away and all those fun movies was how I spent my time with girlfriends. Later on in life, and with my boyfriend (now hubby), I really developed that love of old time war stuff into a real love and knowledge of history.
The heritage, the honor, the pride that’s really what I love about being a part of the military. Seeing my husband in his uniform, its a feeling like nothing else, and I still feel this way after all this time, the times apart, the crappy stations, the ups and downs, moving. I would do anything, go anywhere and sacrifice pretty much anything for him. He does it for me all the time. His career is important to me. Don’t mistake me, sometimes it absolutely sucks. Sometimes I don’t like it, sometimes it’s hard. Moving is hard – I am really missing my friends and family right now, adjusting to this most recent move. Despite all that, I still love it. I chose this life. Sure I’m not actually in the military, and this may be super lame and so not woman power but I would sacrifice my career, if that was the path I was on. It’s hard for those that are on that path. Juggling all that. There are so many wonderful women out there fighting to make that sacrifice easier. I admire them and I hope it does get easier for those that are struggling with that. I’ve said this before to people, and I’ll say it again. I may not wear the stripes….I haven’t earned them…but they are as important to me as if I were wearing them. Now you might think that’s super lame, but its how I operate in my head and make it through the tough times. Sure I complain, I get sad and frustrated. Just because I knew what I was getting into doesn’t mean feeling any of those things isn’t okay.
And to close out this day, some Mommy and Me Monday’s action, with the always hilarious Really, Are you Serious. Mommy and Me Monday is all about getting in front of that camera with your kids. We don’t usually get in front of the camera with our kids, but with the hubbs having been gone I had a chance to get into the frame to take a pic of all of us to send to him.