We spend 4 hours with our husbands in a uniform shop, followed by two hours looking for the right size of boot, because any time together right before a deployment is still time together.
We try not to take the little things for granted for they become the biggest things when we don't have them any more.
We stand in tears on piers, and are comforted and comfort women we've never met, because we all are feeling the same way.
We cringe a little when people say "your so strong" because inside we are dying.
We put on a strong face for our kids, so we can dry their tears, and calm their fears, and hide away that we have the same ones.
We sleep alone most of the time, we worry, we cry, and we get up the next day and face life head on.
We try to smile and brush it off, when people who don't know any better tell us how lucky we are because of all the "benefits."Medical, housing et al.. Not having to pay for a physical really doesn't make up for all the missed Christmases and birthdays, and first steps, and first words.
We don't do it because we are tough, or can handle it. It doesn't get easier the more they deploy. We do it because we have to, because we have no other choice.
We don't watch the news, because sometimes we don't want to know. We know how scary the world is, but sometimes ignorance really is bliss.
We take it day by day, sometimes hour by hour, but we take it., and we MAKE IT
... because we are MILITARY WIVES
and we pretty much rock!