I work in a place that has over 200 employees and multiple departments. The other day I had a chance meeting with a milspouse. She works in a different department and we "met at the copy machine."
We started chatting and I found out she is a spouse of an Army Reservist. Her husband was in Iraq when the war started in 2003. She has two kids close to my kids' age. She has a female yellow lab, we have a male yellow lab. She lives about 3 miles from me. Who knew?
I don't live in a military community so this was a great chancemeeting. I only know of one other milspouse where I work, although Iassume there may be more. Now when I see my new friend we chat andshare "deployment stories" and all things military. It's nice. I missthe military community, I really do. The connections we share asmilspouses is one I treasure and have more appreciation for every day.
So when you are having one of those days/weeks/months where themilitary community seems to be "getting old" or you are just plainannoyed (and yes, that DOES happen), take a minute and think about whatyou would do without those connections. If you have never lived"outside" of a military community, I can tell you it is different. Ihave lived here for almost two years and I am starting to understandthe struggles that Reserve and Guard Families face. I commend those ofyou in the Reserve or Guard for what you do "outside" of the militarycommunity. And I have a lot of appreciation for the differences inlife-styles you all face compared to those of us on Active duty who are(usually) surrounded by the military.
I'm excited to have a new milspouse friend!