I have a feeling I'm going to be adding to my original post, Those Wacky Civilians, quite often. Unlike my first post, the civilian featured in this post didn't say anything outrageous. In fact, her comment was understandable, but it's proof that most civilians don't understand the difference between a move and a PCS move.
Last week I was speaking to a non-military friend of mine. She just finished moving into a new house, which was ten miles from her old house.
"You are so lucky that you have the Army to move you."
Yes, I suppose I am, but a PCS move is about much more than packing and loading boxes, it's never a run-of-the-mill move, and I've yet to move to a location "just down the road."
I suppose I could have told my friend about the time I lived for weeks in a hotel because the wait for on-post housing was a year long, and there was no off-post housing immediately available.
I suppose I could have told my friend about the time I slept on an air mattress for three weeks while I waited for my household goods to be delivered.
I suppose I could have told my friend about the time I drove from Oklahoma to Georgia with two cats vomiting all over the interior of the car. Cats don't do road travel well....
I suppose I could have told my friend about how smooth my first move was, and my second move and my third move (disasters, all). Thankfully, by the fourth move, I had it down cold.
Yes, there are many things I could have said, but instead, I just said "yeah, I am" and I thought, "if she only knew....."