Monday, May 31, 2010


This post will be similar to the Memorial day posts of many military spouses. But I will make the confession that before becoming a Marine wife I had half the patriotism that I now have. Before I would spend Memorial more like a 4th of July celebration even though I am the daughter of an Army veteran it only half occurred to me what this day is truly about. I am ashamed to admit it took my husband's enlistment in the military to draw out my sense of pride in America's armed forces and the the ultimate sacrifice some have made. Up until 2 years ago I was living my usual civilian life, the life SO many still live, but thats the exact life the armed forces fight to protect- the little American bubble. But now I know the personal side of memorial day, and give thanks to the many other military families and my respects to those who have given their lives, and those who have lost their husband and father I am deeply sorry and grateful. -K.


  1. I think alot of us are the same way. We say we are patriotic, but we really don't know what it is all about. Since becoming a military wife, I cry at everything because I automatically put my husband in that person's shoes. We do still live in that bubble to a point, since everyone else around us lives in it, but we know.

  2. I agree...I know I haven't taken every Memorial Day, Veteran's Day, or Independence Day so seriously...And even now when I see people post on Facebook about their awesome weekends, trips, bbqs...I want them to see, to know, the meaning. REALLY know. I don't always get it...Especially with many of them (if not all) knowing my husband and that he is currently deployed. This was a short post... and a great one. :)

  3. This was very open and honest, and I appreciate that! I think many of us took these sacred holidays for granted before we became military spouses. To me, now, it is so much more than just a day on the lake or a bbq or an extra day off work. I wish more people truly understood, but until you live that life, it's easy to be a bit naive.