When we ask advice we are usually looking for an accomplice.
~Charles Varlet de La Grange, Pensées, 1872
I love learning more about my fellow MilSpouse bloggers. So I created a weekly meme. Each week, I’ll post a list of questions on Thursday (so you can have your blog ready on Friday). Come back here on Friday (like today!) and enter your blog post into Mr. Linky below so others know who else participated and we can all visit other blogs. Please leave a comment too! And please feel free to use the button above!
(Please forgive me if I can’t get to visit everyone’s blogs the next few weeks. I am having a hard time accessing my own blog from the Army Internet!)
1. What is ONE thing you’d like civilians to understand about being a military family?
I would like civilians to understand that we do not get “free” housing and healthcare… it’s all part of the package and if we didn’t get those, we’d get bigger paychecks! ‘Cause military paychecks aren’t much compared to the sacrifice. And along those lines… we pay taxes, too, so using the “my taxes pay for you!” line doesn’t work with me.
And one parting note… your husband taking a week or two business trip where he gets to sleep in a hotel with a view, have maid service and have daily access to a phone/Internet DOES NOT mean you understand how hard deployments are. But thanks for trying to understand.
2. What is your favorite mistake?
That would have to be allowing a strange man I’d met on the Internet come to my house–where I lived alone–in the middle of the night while I was (legally) high on painkillers. Luckily he turned out to be a pretty great guy. Ya know, since I married him and all!
3. What indulgence could you give up for a year?
Soda. I love it and it’d be hard to break, but as long as I had iced tea, I’d be fine. And maybe flavored water every now and then.
4. If you could be a winged animal, what would you be?
I would be a Swallow because I think it’d be tons of fun to dive-bomb unsuspecting people and animals. And people would make a big deal of me arriving at San Juan Capistrano. As a Swallow, I’d also not be the showy bird that everyone wanted to hunt down and then I could (hopefully) hide from hawks. And children with sticks. But then I’d just dive-bomb them, too.
5. What is one question you’d like to see asked in a future MFF?
I’ve come up with a lot of these, so this is your turn! I plan to use some of them in upcoming weeks (though I still have like a year of questions in a folder!
Please don’t forget to add your blog link to Mr. Linky below by clicking on it. But also if you are not participating in MilSpouse Friday Fill-In this week, please do not put your link on there… I will remove it. It is unfair to others who do participate.