I remember when I went to my first "future military spouses" meeting. Parker and I were engaged, and a couple of seasoned military wives were kind enough to talk to all of us newbies about the wonderful/scary/crazy adventure we were about to embark upon. They were using words and talking about things I had never even heard of, but I didn't want to be the one who asked 20 million questions. We've been doing this military thing for almost 3 years now, we've lived in 5 different homes, and I still hear words I don't know in casual conversation. However, there are a few things that I hear or see that definitely remind me I am a military spouse.
You know you're a military spouse when...
Someone asks you to list your addresses from the last 5 years, and you want to ask them to recite the phone book because it's basically the same thing.
You know your husband's social security number better than your own.
You know what "ditty, PCS, MWR, per diem, and TDY" mean. Despite knowing these, your husband still comes home on a daily basis and repeats words/acronyms you've never heard of.
You find small stickers all over everything. Instead of removing them, you leave them there knowing the movers are just going to stick on more when the next move rolls around. It's a losing battle.
You don't mind complaining about the military, but the minute someone does it who isn't living the military lifestyle, you instantly get defensive.
"Homecoming" doesn't mean a high school football game.
"Det" doesn't mean you owe money.
No matter home many times you see your spouse in their dress uniforms, you always have to do a double take because they look so darn handsome!
When your husband is in his uniform, you instinctively wrap your arm around his rather than holding hands because that's PDA, which is frowned upon.
If you're anything like me, you absolutely love this lifestyle, but you also don't know how to do married life any other way.
Meet my fellow military spouse/real life friend Jenn from Jenn Hopes!