I never realized how much I miss living on/near a military installation until today. I am visting DH's family at Ft. Bragg, NC (they live off post) right now. DH and I went to get new ID cards today - he was recently promoted and since we don't live near a military installation, we took the opportunity to get new ID cards (I have to admit I like the picture on my old ID card MUCH better than my new one!).
We have lived "away from the military" for six months now. DH is still active duty, but our duty assignment is at a university. Although the people in the town we live in are VERY supportive of our military, it's just not the same as living on/near a military post.
The simple things like going to Clothing and Sales or the PX are things I used to take for granted. I was like a kid in the candy store today - looking at all the "military stuff" I no longer see on a regular basis. I actually feel silly saying that, but it's true. It's like another world from where we are currently stationed. I spent about 30 minutes looking for "Army" shirts for my kids. They are growing out of the ones they have and I had to get them the "perfect" shirt. Why? Not real sure... I just miss the everyday things about being on/near a military installation.
Being part of a military family is something I see in a different light now. I became accustomed to the lifestyle and the "everyday things" about being part of the military over the last 9+ years. I have to say, I miss the everyday things that used to seem mundane and be part of everyday life.
So, if you ever have one of those days/weeks/months where the military life seems boring and just the same old thing, take it from me - it's unique and special and should not be taken for granted.