What makes me a Navy Wife?

I put this list together one night when my husband was deployed, our oldest son was tucked in his crib and sound asleep and like usual at the time, I couldn't sleep for anything no matter how hard I tried!

  • I know what it means to watch him leave knowing that he puts his life on the line for this country, and at any second a crazy thing could happen.
  • I got married in the quickest of ways, oh and I flew across the country to marry my Sailor.
  • Pillowcase? Uhm...no. More like hubby's t-shirt which I refuse to wash until I receive a freshly scent-locked-into-a-box one.
  • And guess what my PJ t-shirt is...
  • I won’t lie, my husband has bought me a stick of his deodorant so I can use it while he’s gone, so I can still smell him even when he is miles away, oh and I also use his cologne while he’s away <3
  • Much to my mother's remorse / concern, I'm slowly learning exciting things about how to be a mechanic because no one else will do it for me for an honest price -- or honesty period.
  • Most phone calls to my father are short, sweet, and to the point – “So dad, I have an ant problem, what do I do” “Uh, my stove light blew up..yes up in the HOT oven! What do I do” “Dad, how do I change my oil?”
  • I feel things deeply -- but rarely show them publicly.
  • The ocean habitat is NOT my friend... it's a ticking timebomb that could do amazing things either for or to a ship, and I'd rather not think about that.
  • I know what it’s like to wear dog-tags on a daily basis while he’s away, just because it’s makes me feel closer to him.
  • I have learned not every state refers to soda as “pop”, a vaccum as “sweeper”
  • Math may have thrown me for a total loop, but I know our needs and our pay don't always add up unless the goal is a negative banking balance.
  • I can't complain about the price of groceries or the amount of the paychecks received because I love him too much and consider our relationship too important to be at work when he's home. Hence, I do not have a job.
  • When asked where I live, I can easily be honest by saying, "Everywhere" or "The world is my home!" That's right. Becoming a Navy wife automatically creates an instant philosopher.
  • I treasure the little moments - cooking with him, cleaning with him, cuddleing with him, even the little arguments we have, even the fact that he likes to leave his socks laying around, I miss everything about him when he’s gone.
  • fun with other people, scrapbooking, crafts and his/my gaming systems are all fast forward buttons.
  • My son’s defenitley keeps me busy as well.
  • Any contact with him is more awesomer than Christmas in July, and yes, awesomer is considered a word here.
  • I'm pretty much a professional at entertaining myself.
  • I like abbreviations a lot more now.
  • Craft projects involve building a box and stuffing it full of random gag gifts, snacks, and other gifts for him.
  • Someone's always trying to sell me something home-made because they're SAHWs (Stay At Home Wives) too. So we all cycle our money around because I sell homemade stuff too. No one gets richer. It's a stuff-swap.
  • When he's away, it's not at all abnormal for me to watch the oddest things until 0500.
  • It’s even normal to not be able to sleep at all, and still manage to take care of our two son’s, 20 months and 4 months with NO HELP!
  • I tell time in hundreds, but still catch myself wanting to say "oh eight hundred a.m."
  • I do not suffer from confusion, but from oganized chaos.
  • I know what pilots the Navy. Me, and every other wife out there. And we're quite the monstrous force of nature, if I do say so myself.
  • I know to never take a moment for granted.
  • When he’s deployed, I know what it’s like to fear a knock on my door.
  • Homecoming is the best feeling in the entire world! (and I’m not talking about a dance)
  • I know what it’s like to see my husband in uniform and just swell with pride.
  • I know what it’s like to stand on a ship pier in the middle of the night, or in the wee hours of the morning to either send my husband off or to pick him up.
  • I know what it’s like to check my email, phone and facebook more times then I can count in one day when he’s away!
  • I know what it’s like to say goodbye to friends that became family, pack up a house and move across the country to a new place I’ve never been too.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Robin! I had a question for you about possibly collaborating on something and was hoping you could email me back to discuss? Thanks so much!

    - Emma

    emmabanks9 (at) gmail (dot) com