I have a love/hate relationship with the military and my expected duties as a military spouse. Last week I shared the love side with my top 10 reasons why I love being a military spouse. This week I explore the other side...
Top 10 Reasons I Don’t Love Being a Military Spouse
1) I spend a lot of time missing my husband.
2) I frequently endure the exhaustion of single parenthood.
3) A cell phone inevitably rings the minute you finally sit down to eat dinner with your husband who came home an hour later than usual.
4) I’m not a big fan of the Hurry Up and Wait philosophy.
5) Ironing uniforms!
6) Moving frequently…this made my list for why I love being a military spouse. Seems I can’t decide whether I love moving or hate it.
7) The typical questions that civilians ask only exacerbate your frustration at not being able to answer them. How long will you live here? When will your husband be home? How much longer until he retires? Why doesn't he just get out?
8) I’m the one left behind to explain why Daddy isn’t home for a birthday party, why he missed the whole baseball season, or why the Easter bunny couldn't squeeze him into a basket with the Cadbury eggs.
9) Drastic changes in plans are the norm rather than the exception. One day you're researching the housing market in Virginia, the next you're on a flight to Japan.
10) Deployments. That’s all I have to say about that.
What tops your list?
NEXT WEEK'S THEME:
Fictional characters I'd like to have a conversation with.