Wednesday, January 21, 2009
You don't have to relate... it's cool
My life is filled with acronyms.
Almost 14 years ago when I married my husband I quickly found out that I was going to have to learn a whole new language, not because we were moving to a foreign country...well maybe we were because being a Military Spouse I've learned is it's own culture and almost like living on another planet.
Having grown up in a purely "civilian" household and never having been around any type of military I was in complete "culture shock". People threw words at me like, PX, FTX, TDY, PCS, LES, and I had no idea what they were talking about...but I quickly learned. I threw myself into my new role as military spouse because my mother taught me one of the most important lessons I could ever learn and that was to do your homework and know what you're talking about. I hate appearing like an idiot so I jumped in with 2 feet I asked questions and investigated and within 6 months I was the FSG Leader (Family Support Group) and I was helping other spouses learn what services were available and planning get togethers.
Now as we get ready for another hectic and almost last moves and a slight change from what I can tell from our "normal" duty stations, I've realized that we are institutionalized. I can't imagine what our life's will be like when we are no longer an "Army" family, I mean how do you make friends in the real world if Uncle Sam is not there to provide them? What do you mean my husband will be around all day everyday and never ever go to the field ( a chance for us both to have a break), we won't be attending balls every time we turn around?? What a strange strange life it will be, and as crazy as it sounds, at least to other military wives, I don't think I will like it.