Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Thank you

Two weeks ago I rewarded myself by getting a facial at a local salon. I was having a great time relaxing. Then the stupid employee two curtains down started whining about how awful it is that she has to rent to military families. She said, "the military" the way racists say, "those people." I tried so hard to ignore her, but she got under my skin and my stomach was in knots by the time I was done.

Thank you to all military families. It's not an easy life. Civilian families don't really get it. They don't realize how many times we comfort crying children because Daddy is gone. They don't know what it's like to fall asleep in an empty bed every night. They don't understand how little money we make. They don't understand that we can be locked in the library or gym for an hour or more for an exercise. (I can't see a civilian putting up with that for a minute.) They don't have their cars searched by K9 officers. They don't produce identification to buy groceries. They don't fill out a million government papers, in triplicate, every year.

It was two years ago today that David proposed. I had no idea what I was getting into. David, thank you for showing me how much I love my country and my family. It is an honor to be your wife.

David is a veteran of the first Persian Gulf War. I love him. I admire him. I respect him. I thank him.
Sergeant bunny-hugger is feared by all of his troops.


sushi2 said...

Some people are very ignorant and don't watch what they say in public. But I want you to tell your husband my family greatly appreciate his service and courage to protect our country.

Marissa said...

I've had to deal with that sort of ignorant behavior too. I was at WalMart, wearing on my husbands old PT shirts with ARMY on the front in big black letters, and a woman came up to me "How do you sleep at night, knowing your husband is a killer?!"
"On my left side."
It probably only drove her horrible opinion of me further into the ground, but it was so much better than smacking her.

CraftyGryphon said...

Yeah, it just sucks to rent quarters to people who'll leave the space in better condition than when they found it, have guaranteed income, and, oh, DEFEND YOUR FREEDOM. (Sadly, this includes the freedom to be a whiny, ignorant critter. But freedom is freedom, so that type gets a voice, too.)

(I like Marissa's answer, too. I'm totally stealing that to use someday.)

Traci said...

Besides being rude that woman is stupid. Her salon and her rentals and the whole city of GF survives because of the "military families". If the base up and left she'd be high and dry. So not only should she be thankful for the service of the people in the military, she should count her lucky stars for the contribution to the community and the money they bring in.