Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day! I thought it would be fun to have a different type of post today. Instead of trying to explain the military spouse lifestyle through words, I thought I’d let the numbers do the talking!
My life as a military spouse by the numbers:
Years together: almost 6
Years married: 3.5
Deployments: 4 (about 1.5 years total)
TDYs: more than I can count
Military balls: 1
Promotion ceremonies: 1
Care packages sent: 32
Special occasions spent solo: 15
What isn’t captured in these numbers is the total amount of time we’ve spent apart. It’s not because I didn’t want to share, but rather because I honestly don’t remember anymore. We’ve spent THAT much time apart. But when I add deployments to what I do remember, we’re looking at well over half of our relationship.
Think about that for a second. Imagine being in a committed relationship with someone, loving them, living with them, being married to them and having them be gone for over half of your relationship.
But my life is not unique by any means. Military spouses all over the world experience similar to mine: they sleep alone a lot, celebrate holidays solo, move frequently and say more than their fair share of “see you laters”. That’s why Military Spouse Appreciation Day is so important. I’m so proud to be a part of the military spouse community and am humbled everyday by the strength and sacrifice the men and women who hold down the home front show.
What are your military spouse numbers?