A Navy Wife is no ordinary woman. Operating for months at a time without the companionship or assistance of her husband, she routinely overcomes challenges that would give the average person a nervous breakdown.
Part Doctor, part Teacher and part Handyman, she can lavish loving care on a sick toddler, help a teenager with his Algebra homework, and track down a faulty circuit breaker -- all while holding down a full time job.
With thirty minutes notice, she can serve breakfast, lunch, or dinner to fourteen hungry Sailors, and still somehow balance her family's meager grocery budget.
She can press a set of dress whites to inspection standards, tie a perfect square knot in a military neckerchief, and pack a seabag in the cold hours before dawn.
For months at a time, she must settle for letters instead of kisses, emails in place of hugs, and long-distance phone calls in lieu of her husband's touch. She manages a smile when her Sailor is at sea for the second Anniversary in a row, and accepts the fact that there's a one-in-three chance that he will have to stand Duty on her Birthday. She has learned to stand on a pier and wave goodbye without tears, even when her heart is breaking.
To her children, she is Chauffeur, Umpire, Psychologist, Spiritual Advisor, Financial Consultant, part-time Father, Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus, and the Easter Bunny. To her husband, she is Friend, Lover, Partner, Confidant, and Soul-Mate.
She is a patriot. She is the sort of citizen that all of us should be, but so few of us are. She lives with sacrifice, because she believes in the rights and ideals that her husband defends. Although she wears no uniform, she is a part of that defense -- a vital link in the chain of Freedom. Although she wears no medals and will reap no glory on the field of battle, she is a hero in the truest sense of the word.
Does that say - "A Navy Wife is No Ornery Woman" ????? Oh my bad, it says ordinary.
M22,H45,W45 S21/18D12 Retain faith that you will prevail in the end, regardless of the difficulties and at the same time confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.
I think you should laminate several copies and maybe pass them around at your local Family Readiness Group or whatever they call the Navy family support system.
Eventually, your H will get the chance to see it, I'm sure. But a lot of other Navy spouses will surely be inspired by it whether or not they are having M/R troubles.
Great Poem. Very inspirational.
You are truly a strong woman for standing behind your H. I'm part-time military (former active duty) and the thought of leaving my kids behind with my W is terrifying. I've only 1.5 years left and my CC and 1st Sgt know my sitch so they've been working with me and it's been a godsend.
Personally I think it's too much. He knows what you do and what you have done.
Does he Mike??? Well, yeah, I guess he does, since he is able t get on that ship without having to worry about the kids. But, does he appreciate it, that is a completely different story.
if you would like to send it then by all means do..That's JMO..look the guy has issues..I can tell you this, DAWAH's know exactly what the LBW does..when you remind them of all you do then you only highlight his failures. MEN hate when their failures are highlighted...and I bet Guys in the service really hate it...Believe me he knows you shoulder the burden.
I'm sorry he does not apprecaite you for it. I'm sorry he does not tell you that.