Today is Military Spouse Appreciation Day. It’s a day to celebrate the awesomeness of the greatest group of individuals in this fine country.
Trust me when I say that it takes an extremely special kind of person to marry someone in the military. The fact that anyone is willing to do it completely blows my mind (although, I’m incredibly grateful that they are).
It’s impossible to describe exactly how much my wife means to me. Nothing that I do would be worth anything without her. I try to do everything in my power to demonstrate how grateful I am to her every single day, but I still don’t come close to capturing how truly amazing she is.
It’s entirely possible that I never would have even graduated college without her. We’ve been together for 11 years this month (married for 9.5 of them). Over that time, she has watched a ship leave a pier more times than I care to remember. She has raised the kids on her own for long stretches of time. I have drug her from duty station to duty station so many times that we sometimes forget what state we were living in when we tell stories from our past.
She’s dealt with incredibly unpredictable schedules (“Hey babe, I have to get underway for a month…tomorrow”) and she’s been there when I was working from sunrise to sunset 7 days a week. Through all of this, she’s never complained, and she’s always been there for me when I thought things were getting too tough.
The amazing thing is that as incredible as she is, there are thousands of men and women around the country doing the exact same thing for their sailor, soldier, marine, or airmen. They are the real strength behind what we do. Trust me when I say that as hard as it is to deploy, it’s a walk in the park compared to what my wife goes through after we throw off all lines.
With all that in mind, take 15 seconds out of your day to spare a thought for the extremely brave men and women who stay home when we have to leave. If you know one of them, just walk over and give them a high five.
Thank you, Baby Doll. I couldn’t do it without you.