I would say that this picture sums up my whole experience as an army wife, right there on my face. It was rough and I applaud every woman out there that has experienced this life because it is hard, lonely, infuriating, frightening, and exciting all in one. I was never able to remember his company, unit, squad, brigade… all of the above. I was judged by some for my lack of interest in all of this but all I knew was that my husband was much more than just the army. This was not long term for us and the more involved I was I felt the more stuck I was in a lifestyle that didn’t suit me. But I stuck it out for the love of my life and I am so happy I did. We grew stronger and stronger every day, every 14 hour working day.
In our 4 years in the army I…
- Moved to North Carolina,
- Lived in a motel for months with my new husband with whom I never lived with before,
- Got my GED (at 29) after leaving high school in 10th grade,
- Got rehired at MAC,
- Went to college and figured out I’m a lot smarter than I once thought,
- Often waited next to our window thinking that someone was going to knock on our door and tell me my husband was not coming home, while he was deployed,
- Had corrective surgery on my uterus because of multiple miscarriages,
- Got pregnant with twins,
- Found out our daughter had turners syndrome.
It was very challenging for the both of us and it is easy to see why the divorce rate is high in the army. It was a difficult time for even us, best friends turned husband and wife, but I met some people that I will never forget. Some I talk to once in a while, some I never talk to anymore but every single one of them will stay with me for the rest of my life and I pray I was able to make an impact on them as well.