Sunday, December 18, 2005

Military families

I had a recent comment from someone who said she was "in awe of all the wonderful military families." It was really sweet, but it made me stop and think. Are we really different from other families?

Most of the time, I think we're like any other family. We struggle with everyday problems, fight the battle of the finances, and take care of one another. We worry about each other when we're traveling (be sure to call when you get there), and get together whenever we can.

But then again, military families might be different in some ways. To put it in a Jeff Foxworthy kind of way.....

You might be in a military family...

...if you fly the "colors" all the time, not just on the 4th of July.

...if you surprise a Soldier at the airport when you understand the military jargon and acronyms he uses.

...if you talk back to the TV when reporters only have negative things to say about what's going on in Iraq.

...if you get frustrated with friends who don't take the time to dig into the blog sites of deployed soldiers to find out what's really happening.

...if you don't go anywhere without your cell phone so you don't miss that call that might come in from the other side of the world at any time, night or day....yeah, you even take it to the bathroom with you and sleep with it.

...if you keep the Instant Messenger active on the computer, even at work, just in case.

...if you spend as much on shipping as you do on the present at Christmas or on birthdays or any other holiday and in between. And you have to have your shopping finished a week or two before Christmas, depending on where the package is last minute shopping on Christmas Eve.

...if you spend Christmas morning with a phone in your ear while you open presents, so your son who hasn't been home for Christmas since 2002 can "be there."

Well, I'm sure you get the idea by now, and I'm sure there are many other things that could be listed, if you'd like to add to the list, feel free, I'd love to hear from you..... :)


Blogger Some Soldier's Mom said...

You might be a military family... if you can't hear I'll be home for Christmas and not tear up or shed a tear... and wonder when they'll be home for Christmas again?

12/21/05, 2:39 PM  
Blogger dyzgoneby said...

Cell phone, mine goes everywhere. I am so afraid to miss a call. And yes going to the bathroom me is so very true.

12/27/05, 6:55 PM  

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