Saturday, May 9, 2009

Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Thanks and continued strength, courage and support of your service member to all my fellow military spouses out there! =) It's not always an easy job but I think marriage under the best of circumstances can be difficult... but add a dash of fear, a 12 or 15 month deployment or two (or 3 or 4... oiy!), PCSing, TDY's, Field Rotations, a few sleepless nights and I think it takes a very VERY special woman to stand beside her husband; all without falling to pieces under the pressures this job. Kudos to you all today!

A special shout-out to all my Army Wives out there:

Be Proud This is for the young women that are waking up at 6a.m.
every morning, laying out clothes and packing
three lunches for those small precious children that
they have been left alone to care for.
This is for the pregnant Army wife wondering if her
husband will make it home in time to watch their
miracle happen.
This is for the childless Army wife, living in a town
or on a post alone where she is a complete stranger to
her surroundings.
This is for the women that feel like a third leg when
they go out with their friends and their husbands.
This is for the Army wife that canceled all her plans
to wait by the phone, and even though the phone broke
up and cut off every time you spoke to him, you waited
This is a pledge to the women that cry themselves to
sleep in an empty bed.
This is to recognize the woman that felt like she was
dying inside when he said he had to go, but smiled for
him anyway.
This is for those of you that are faithfully in that
long line at the post office once a month, handling 2
large boxes and 2 small children like a pro.
This is for that woman that decided to remodel the
house to pass time, and then realized that she had no
idea what she was doing and sighed and wished she had
a little help.
This is for all the lonely nights, all the one-person dinners,
and all of the wondering thoughts because you
haven't heard from him in days.
This is for the sad Army wives, the angry Army wives,
and the strong Army wives.
A toast to you for falling apart, and putting
yourselves back together. Because a pay check isn't
enough, a body pillow in your bed is no consolation,
and a web cam can never compare.
This is for all of you no matter how easy or hard this
was for you.
Our soldiers are brave, they are heroes,
but so are we. So the next time someone tells you that
they would never marry an Army guy, don't bother
explaining to them that you can't control who you
fall in love with. Just think of this and nod your
head, know that you are the stronger woman. Hold your
heads up high, hang that flag in your front yard,
stick 100 magnets on your car, and then give yourself
a pat on the back.
Be proud to be the woman that you are, be proud to be
an Army wife.


jlc said...

Great poem!

Happy Mil Spouse Day!!

I only found out about it cause of YOU my dear! :)

Mrs. G.I Joe said...

Yeah, found out about this day over on another blog but it makes sense seeing how awesome we all are;) Great poem!

Anonymous said...

thank you for sharing this! I am crying right now because it's all so true! We are a rare breed of women--I never thought I was a strong person until this deployment! It gets easier with time, but I will surely never get used to him being gone!