I’m not sure how many of you are familiar with the blog/blogger The Bloggess. She’s kind of my hero and I’m in the middle of reading her book, which I will likely review because it’s probably the best thing I’ve read in a number of years. But what kind of stuck with me today was reading her talk about being friends with other bloggers.
Like her, I’m a homebody who doesn’t like to meet new people. Now, I can fake social grace and normal behavior longer than she can, but I can really relate to all of her hilarious tales of times she’s embarrassed both herself and her husband because those are the kinds of things I do in social situations too. I’m just better at making it look like I started talking about horrifyingly embarrassing things on purpose.
But she made friends in the blogging community and discovered an entire group of people like her. And I have to say I’ve discovered the same thing as a blogger. Now, she says that most bloggers are socially awkward and a little damaged. I’ve “met” plenty of military spouse bloggers who appear to be perfectly normal, completely undamaged people, but I will agree that one group seems to be a bit on the special side like me. And there is a reason for this… That group would be Marine Corps wives.
I don’t want you to think that I think they are all sociopaths that have unhealthy obsessions with their cats. I’m just saying that it takes a rather special kind of gal to marry a Marine and trust me, we are not your average group of females. I mean that as both a compliment and a fair warning on the off chance you meet one of us.
Often when I post things on my fan page, I get a lot of awesome comments. But I can always tell those who are fellow USMC spouses because they say things like, “I won’t even say what this made me think at first.” Or they might say, “Wow, at first I thought this was something really dirty.” If you don’t start your relationship with a Marine with a dirty mind, you will definitely develop one. There is no way around it. You will also develop a sense of humor for totally inappropriate stuff that is neither politically correct nor in good taste to ever utter in public…. And yet we all seem to do it anyway.
I don’t want to pin all Marine wives as being damaged, but I’ll freely admit (and you have probably noticed) that I have my fair share of issues. But let’s face it, you have to be a little off center if you are going to not only date, but marry, share a home and otherwise spend your whole life with a Marine. They are a special, SPECIAL group of people and, thus, it takes a special, SPECIAL (read mildly crazy or not completely with it mentally) group of people to love them.
Of course, I happen to be friends with a number of these ladies and I adore each and every one of them. You couldn’t ask for a funnier, more entertaining group of people to be around and I will say that I’ve never had a dull birthday, Christmas or random weekend party ever. Getting a group of drunk Marines together is entertaining enough, but add a bunch of drunk spouses to the mix and sh** is about to get real. I don’t know who is a crazier bunch, Marines or the women who love them.
So, I might be a little damaged and crazy, but if you are married to a Marine and reading this laughing, you probably are too.