I was having dinner with my parents recently, while B was away, and we somehow got on the topic of deployments. Sometimes I forget that they too survived separation early in their marriage. My Dad is a United States Naval Academy alum and he spent time in the Navy on the USS Mississippi. Only ten days after their wedding he set out for a six month deployment. I love hearing about their own experiences, listening to my Dad’s stories and comparing notes (thankfully it no longer takes 3 weeks to send mail!).
Both times B has been deployed my Mom and Dad were a source of strength and support for me. Regardless of whether they had lived it before themselves, they would have been there for me, but it made it all the more special that they really, truly understood what I was going through. Only those who have experienced it can completely understand what it is like to be a military spouse and go through a deployment.
Just as many of American who are not involved in the military can put the sacrifices of our brave servicemembers out of their minds on a daily basis, the sacrifices of the military spouse can be even more forgotten. Take a moment today to send a little love to a military spouse you know. If you are a fellow mil spouse yourself, I give you permission to go treat yourself to something nice (and by nice I mean expensive!).
Have a wonderful weekend!