Marine Corps Social Mores vs Real Life

Since being out of work, things have been interesting.  Work was my primary source of human interaction outside of my husband, the Marine Corps, and our friends who are also Marines.  I have slowly begun to have situations where I realize that normal, non-Marine human interaction is really an important part of life. Marines swear.  They swear a lot.  And if they don’t already have a profane option for a word, they invent their own.  These are typically just other, random profane words strung together.  We had friends over for dinner and I said something that was really just a string of swear words in front of their four small children and paused.  It took about thirty seconds to realize they probably don’t talk like that at home. My husband affectionately refers to our dogs as “little F***ers.”  ‘Nuff said. Marines drink.  They drink A LOT.  A lot is an Continue reading Marine Corps Social Mores vs Real Life

The Thirty Seconds That Defined My Life: My Thoughts on Memorial Day

Memorial Day is one of those days I struggle to find what to write. I struggle to see the sales and the people remarking about the three day weekend. I struggle to find the words to say what it means to me. Last year, I was approached to write a piece about what Memorial Day means to me, a spouse.   I agreed. But I struggled to put into words what it means. I struggled to say what was in my heart because it is painful to remember and I worried what others might feel when reading my true thoughts. I wrote the most gut-wrenching piece I have ever written. I wrote about a time that I can’t even think of without tears… This story is something I have shared in private and, as of last year, very publicly. But even more so, it is a story that is something I Continue reading The Thirty Seconds That Defined My Life: My Thoughts on Memorial Day

When “See You Soon” Really Means Goodbye

In the time that I have been with my husband, he has only deployed once.  He has had extended training missions, but only the one deployment, shortly after we were married.  I remember when we were dating I didn’t really understand what it was like to be in love with someone in the military.  We were in our early 20s, and so much of our life seemed so normal.  We did normal couple things and spent time with our friends.  But then I did the normal “new love” thing and asked, “How long do you think you could be away from me?”  To which he replied, “Well, at a minimum, two weeks.”  Shocked, I asked, “Why two weeks?”  And he replied, “Because that is how long AT is each summer.” That was that.  That moment defined something that, at 22 years old, never occurred to me was definable.  At 22 Continue reading When “See You Soon” Really Means Goodbye