We have been a Military family for over six years now. In that time I have made many new friends. Most of them have been Military wives. There is something so special about the friendships of Military spouses.
Our time together is usually limited to 1-3 years. During that time we can develop a closeness that will last forever. We go through the hardships of a deployment together. We battle the ups and downs as we get through the time away from our husbands. We depend on each other emotionally. We spend holidays together. We cry together. We mourn together. We are with each other when our husband’s get home. We laugh together and create memories. We cry when we have to say goodbye. We hurt together as our futures lead us to different parts of the world. Thank goodness for Facebook and email!
When we are together with other Military spouses we can relate to certain struggles. We can find others who may have had a baby without their husband, who have had R&R dates change 100 times and who have been through the pre-deployment craziness that just irritates us all. We are usually away from our families and can relate to not having enough money to travel home as often as we want. We can relate to having a deployment extended or the joy of having a deployment cancelled. We all know how special homecoming is and we can find people who truly know what a Military life is like.
I am so thankful for my Military spouse friends. From the ladies I have met at each duty station, to the ladies I know from the Milspouse blogging and twitter communities. I am not sure I would have gotten through the last 6 years without them.