Friday, May 14, 2010

You Know You're a Navy Wife When

I saw this on a Navy Wife blog and loved it! can unpack a house and have everything in place 48 hours after your belongings are delivered. have something that resembles non-skid somewhere in your house.
...your husband's work and dress clothes cost more than yours do.'ve changed more oil and mowed more lawns than your husband because he's never there to do it himself.
....your children say "aye aye" or "roger that" instead of "ok."
only write in pencil because EVERYTHING is subject to change. need a translator to talk to your civilian friends, because they have no idea what DFAS, LSRB, NEX, OHA, PSD, PCS, and duty mean. have a larger selection of curtains than Wal-Mart does. can remember where you kept the Scotch tape in your last house, but unfortunately, not in this one. mark time in duty stations, not years. refer to friends not only by name but by the state that they live in. know that "back home" doesn't mean at the house you live in now. know that a 2 month separation IS short, no matter what your civilian friends say. ALWAYS know when payday is and get ticked off if there are more than 2 weekends during that pay period.'ve spent at least 3 years in Norfolk or San Diego. know better than to go to the NEX or commissary between 11:30 and 1:30 unless it's a life or death emergency. show your military ID to the greeter at Wal-Mart. know that any reference to "sand" or a "box" has nothing to do with your kid's backyard toys. find yourself explaining your husband's LES to him. don't have to think about what time 21:30 is.
.... you know that a bosun's pipe isn't actually a pipe. matter how hard you try, you still can't understand a word they say over the 1MC. start ripping open MREs and looking for the M&Ms when you run out of Halloween candy. know to respect his detailer... no matter how much you secretly hate him. can't remember the last time you saw a doctor who wasn't wearing khaki.
....the local dry cleaner knows you by your first name. only cost you $25 to have a child. find that a large number of your clothes and household items are dark blue or light blue, even though you never planned it that way. pick apart uniforms on TV and in the movies, even though you used to yell at your husband for doing the same thing. know to leave Jodi well enough alone.'ve learned to sleep through the sounds of planes, helicopters, foghorns and jets. can hate military life but be terrified to leave it all in the same breath. defend your lifestyle no matter how bad things get because you know there's no other life for you!

My favorite is the line about Jodi! He used to tease me when we were dating and I really got offended about this Jodi person. Oh, to be that naive again...

I can't even understand my own husband over the 1MC and I have presented my military ID at completely inappropriate times! Come to think of it, aside from the San Diego/Norfolk comment, I can relate to everything! Turner has even referred to his bed as "the rack."


Nicole said...

I love this list too! Good to know I'm not the only one :). Your family is adorable, by the way!

Nellie said...

Thanks! I love anything that makes me feel "normal in this craziness!" :)