(Disclaimer: Nobody take offense to anything I am going to say about my opinion of the average military wife.. deal?)
I am not under any circumstances a morning person. I frequently sleep till noon or later when I can. Unless I have something to get up for, like work (7:45 really isn't my friend.) 98% of the military wives I have come across thus far in my lifetime get up... early... send their husband off, tend to their kids if they have them, and get all their errands ran and chores done before I even think of hitting snooze the first time. That just isn't me.. yes, I get envious that they are put together by 7 in the morning, but I will NEVER be that person. Anytime before 9 is never going to be my friend frankly.
I'm also not a fan of cooking. At all. I can do it (well most of it..), I'd just rather not. My husband cooks in our family (yeah I've been up a tree without him around!) and I'm supposed to be the one that cleans up after his rather messy self. I see Facebook status' from my mil spouse friends all the time about their plans for dinner and how they hope their man gets off on time so that dinner is still warm when he arrives. Even when I didn't have a job and frankly did not do anything during the day except take the dog out 150,000 times, dinner was never on the table (except maybe twice) when he walked through the door. Sorry Rob! Maybe someday when we have little people running around.. until then.. probably not going to change.
I'm probably one of the few military spouses that will not jump at the opportunity to live overseas. I just love America way too much. I love my sense of normal and it's just not something I have this crazy desire to mix up. At the end of the day though, I go where he goes and if that means we are on assignment to Korea then I suck it up and deal with it. But you will not find me telling my husband to beg and plead for that overseas spot.
If you follow me on Pinterest you'll see tons of cute things pinned to my Get Yo' Craft On board. I have great intentions to be a craft everyday kind of person. But at the end of the day I'd rather go home and lay on the couch and watch some good (
Rob and I talk about having little people frequently. I am absolutely in no rush though. At Ft. Meade we were part of the kid-less crowd. Since we've left Ft. Meade two of our friend-less couple friends have re-created. In a way I feel like it's the "thing" to do. Have babies, be a mother, stay at home with your kids and all that. Don't get me wrong, I want to be a mother, but not now. Not yet. Not while there is still a chance my husband could deploy again. Call me selfish, but I don't want to find out if I can be as strong as all the woman that do it everyday taking care of their children alone without their husband. I give mad props to you women, but nine times out of ten I am perfectly okay with just having a dog to handle... and I feel like that puts me in the minority among military wives.
The last thing that make me not so typical is my knack for not blaming the Army whenever something goes awry. I have a tendency to complain to my hubs because some days I log online and everyone is complaining about some curve ball the Army threw their way. It sucks. I am in no way shape or form saying that it doesn't. But at the end of the day... the Army puts a roof over my head, food in the fridge (for hubby to cook!) and a job to entertain my husband. Yes, it often makes him a cranky pants and he usually doesn't get home when he says he will. But you will never find me saying I hate the Army for that... (I recognize that everybody handles their frustrations differently. I am not judging any of you that do..)
Some of you are probably thinking.. you aren't that special Amanda. And you are right.. maybe we are all "un-typical" and my sense of the norm when it comes to military wives is all sorts of messed up. I've always called it as I see it though. We all have that special part that makes us a unique individual, I have no doubt about that.
One thing I do know is that no matter how late we sleep, how good we cook, how we vent our frustrations, we are all proud wives. Proud that each and everyday we wake up with the same last name as that one special person that defends the freedoms of every single American. Proud to know that when someone says the word hero, your husband qualifies. Proud of this country, the people in it and those who sacrifice so much. I am proud to be a military wife.. each and everyday.
I'd love to hear what your thoughts on being "un-typical" are.. :)
Also if you'd be interested in guest posting for me while hubs is home on R&R can you please send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org? Thanks y'all!