May 8th is Military Spouse Appreciation Day—a day to recognize and thank the person who ties up all the loose ends in our lives that we don’t always have time to deal with ourselves. In my nine years of active duty service in the Navy, my wife has been with me for eight of them. I couldn’t have accomplished as much as I have without her. Our spouses deserve to have the spotlight on them, not just on Military Spouse Appreciation Day…but every day we put on our uniforms and lace our boots.
Being a military spouse is sometimes harder than most people think. Let me tell you just a few reasons why my wife is awesome:
She keeps me motivated. She’s always encouraging when I miss rank advancement by only a couple of points. And when I don’t score as high as I want in my college classes, she’s there to push me harder in the next class.
Her skills in the kitchen. I’ll just say this: award-winning chicken salad. Literally.
She’s involved in my Command. I love that she cares about other military families, and serves voluntarily as our Ombudsman. (And it’s nice to see her during the work day, when she is doing things for our command Sailors, Marines, and their families)
Her unending support. Whether I’m shining my boots, ironing a uniform, or studying for an upcoming exam or an awards Board, she’s always there to help…even if we just talk to pass the time.
If you’re a service member, take my advice: on your break today, call your spouse, say “Thanks for doing what you do!”
And to my wife: don’t worry about dinner tonight…Chick-Fil-A, Franzia, and I have it covered.
Have an awesome spouse? What do you appreciate most about them? Send them an eCard to show your love!