My husband picked up his gear last week for his upcoming deployment. So I watched as he spent some time taking off tags and stickers and trying stuff on and packing and repacking. There was some ooh-ing and aah-ing. His sleeping bags (officially called something ridiculously acronym-tastic that I forget) need to be repacked because his attempt to make them more (and more) compact was a bit of a fail.
But the thing that struck me the most as he was pulling things out of his bags, was his reaction to the gas mask.
"This is the coolest gas mask I've ever been issued!"
And I can't do justice to the enthusiasm and joy his voice conveyed.
We all have gear stories, so feel free to share the things your spouse may say or do that just makes you smile and reaffirm your love, however dorky it may be.