No matter how many times I get frustrated with the Army, I have to remind myself that it has been a blessing in my life. Being separated from a husband is not something most women would ask for, but it has helped me gain a self-reliance and situational awareness that I didn't think possible.
In the absence of our soldiers, time after time, I see Army Wives band together in joy, frustration, service, and sometimes sorrow. This sisterhood lasts long beyond the end of deployments and carries with them as they PCS to the next duty station.
It can be witnessed on a large scale in fundraisers, support groups, or on TV. That being said, it is the small acts of service that mean the most and set an example to those around you.
Someone showing up unannounced with dinner.
Late night phone calls to vent, cry, or talk about your day.
A smile from a stranger when it's your first FRG meeting.
Mowing a lawn.
Going shopping for a new Ball gown or homecoming outfit.
Giving a ride to a doctors appointment.
Sending a card just because.
Watching a sick child because they can't miss one more day of work.
Volunteering a spouse as a shuttle to/from the airport.
Sharing the number of your favorite babysitter.
I am EXTREMELY lucky that I have had the pleasure of meeting so many amazing women that I never feel lost, and know I can pick up the phone and talk to someone that knows exactly what I'm going through. No matter how many months have passed since the last conversation, it's easy to pick up right where you left off. They never turn down a plea for help and always look for ways to aid those in need.
I love my fellow Army Wives & all the women I've met in my travels. These ladies never cease to inspire me and give me hope even in the darkest of hours.
This all was inspired due to some nagging thoughts of failure about how many Army Wife friends I've made since moving here. I quickly realized that a number is just a number, but the quality of friends is what has helped me survive!
I have also felt immense support and teamwork in the Nursing field, and specifically where I'm currently employed. We sink or swim together, and if one person is swamped it is because we all are. People care if someone has a sick child/spouse, or having trouble outside of work. They are willing to switch shifts or cover for another for doctor appointments, school functions, or special occasions.
I am doing my best to recognize how rich my life is and enjoy the blessings I have!