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THE MILITARY WIFE

      The good Lord was creating a model for military wives and was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared. She said, "Lord, you seem to be having a lot of trouble with this one. What's the matter with the standard model?"

      The Lord replied, "Have you seen the specs on this order? She has to be completely independent, possess the qualities of both father and mother, be a perfect hostess to four or forty with an hour's notice, run on black coffee, handle every emergency imaginable without a manual, be able to carry on cheerfully, even is she's pregnant and has the flu, and she must be willing to move 10 times in 17 years, And oh, yes, she must have six pairs of hands."

      The angel shook her head. "Six pairs of hands? No way."

      The Lord continued, "Don't worry, we will make other military wife's to help her. And we will give her an unusually strong heart so it can swell with pride in her husband's achievements, sustain the pain of separations beat soundly when it's overworked and tired, and be large enough to say, 'I understand' , when she doesn't and say 'I love you; regardless.' "

      The angel circled the model of the military wife, looked at it closely and sighed, "It looks fine, but it's too soft."

      "She might look soft," replied the Lord. "But she has the strength of a lion, you would not believe what she can endure."

      Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the Lord's creation. "There's a leak, she announced. Something is wrong with the construction. I am not surprised that it has cracked, you are trying to put too much into this model."

      The Lord appeared offended at the angel's lack of confidence. "What you see is not a leak," he said. "It's a tear." The Lord replied, "It's for joy, sadness, pain, disappointment, loneliness, pride, and a dedication to all the values that she and her husband hold dear."

      "You are a genius!" exclaimed the angel.

      The Lord looked puzzled and replied, "I didn't put it there."

 Author Unknown.



THE MILITARY ANGELS
Author Barbara K. Cox

God made special Angels, Their purpose to be The sole mates of those in the Military

They will be understanding, Their wills shall be strong. To handle the hardships, as they come along.

They were given a talent to make anywhere home. Far away from their families, and some times alone.

To move on short notice, to a strange new place. An able to make a new life, at a new post or base.

They must be loving, caring, trustworthy and wise. And to any occasion, they are ready to rise.

They handle long times of being alone. Writing letters, making packages,and sit by the phone.

They have pride in their country and the uniform. For this is the reason, for which they were born.

They will keep the car running and mow the grass. Until the troops are home at last.

God made special Angels, they are to be. The Brave men and women of our Military.

God wanted the best for his service in life. So,he created the Military husband and wife.



BEING ALL THAT SHE CAN BE!


      She's totally feminine, yet at times we see her mowing the lawn, balancing the checkbook or fixing a leaky faucet, and this makes her feel like the man of the house.

      She usually comes in different sizes; tall, small, plump or pregnant. During the early years of her marriage, it is often hard to determine which is the normal one.

      She measures time in terms of duty stations as other women use years.

      At times she was alone, her husband at sea, when her child was born or when the movers came. She wonders if there is a secret pact between her husband and the service, providing for a man to be on duty or temporary duty at such times as these.

      She draws on her inner strength from many sources. Some are country girls, some city girls and some even from other countries. She may be a nurse, a teacher or a secretary but the bond she shares with everyone else here today is that she's a Military Wife.

      When transfer time rolls around, she must smile and put on an Academy Award winning performance to convince her children that they'll love the new place. At the same time, she wonders whether he can handle this new assignment. And all the time she knows that no one really wants to leave. In her heart, she silently wonders if it is worth the sacrifice, but she goes. Because she is a Military Wife.

      An ideal wife has the patience of an angel, the flexibility of putty, the wisdom of a scholar and the stamina of a horse. If she dislikes money, it helps.

      She carries her memories in a shoe box full of old photographs which she still intends to mount someday. Some might say she's a bigamist, sharing her husband with his mistress called DUTY. When duty calls, she becomes the #2 wife. Until she accepts this fact, her life can be miserable.

      She is above all, a woman who married a serviceman who offered her the permanency of a gypsy, the miniseries of loneliness, the frustrations of conformity and the security of love.

      Sitting among the packing boxes with squabbling children nearby, she is sometimes willing to chuck it all. And then she remembers just how much we depend on her. How much we rely upon her so we may indulge ourselves in our careers. Then she hears the firm steps and the cheerful voice of the lug who gave her all this and she knows she made the right choice. And she is happy to be a Military Wife.

~ Author Unknown



Recipe for a Military Wife


1 1/2 cup Patience
2 tablespoons Elbow Grease
1 pound Courage
1 cup Tolerance
1 dash of Adventure

      Marinate frequently with salty tears and pour off excess fat. Sprinkle, ever so lightly, with money, kneading dough well until payday. Season with international spices. Bake for 20 years or until done. Serve with Pride!




The Silent Ranks

      I wear no uniforms, no blues or army greens. But I am in the military in the ranks rarely seen. I have no rank upon my shoulders. Salutes I do not give. But the military world is the place where I live.   I'm not in the chain of command, orders I do not get. But my husband is the one who does, this I cannot forget. I'm not the ones who fires the weapon, who puts my life on the line. But my job is just as tough. I'm the one that's left behind.

      My husband is a patriot, a brave and prideful man and the call to serve his country, not all can understand. Behind the lines I see the things needed to keep this country free. My husband makes the sacrifice, but so do our kids and me.

      I love the man I married. Soldiering is his life. But I stand among the silent ranks known as the Military Wife!

            ~Author Unknown



 

Great Military Wife Support Sites:

iVillage.com has a Military Wives Message Board!
The U.S. Military Wives Club
MSSN: Military Spouce Support Network
SGT Mom's
U_S_A_F: United Spouces of the Armed Forces!
SOS: Support Our Soldiers

 


This page is dedicated to ALL those who have to say Good-bye in order to serve their country! And all the family members who sit and wait for their return!

Midi:  The beautiful midi is an original by ŠElan Michaels entitled Tears On A Rose.  It is used with permission and retains his SOLE copyright.

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