Friday, September 7, 2012

Guest Post: A Boy A Girl and the Marine Corps

This has been a long time coming because I am awful. She wrote this for me weeks and weeks ago.
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A Boy, A Girl, and the Marine Corps

If My Life Were a Movie, I’d Want Tina Fey To Play Me

I often feel like my life has been a comedy of errors, a cautionary tale if you will.
Each step I take seems to be designed to teach me a life lesson that would have been
easier to learn through a well thought out warning from someone else… But I guess
there must always be the “someone” who learns the hard way so that others don’t
have to. I just wish that it wasn’t always me, or so it feels.

I’ve decided, at this point so far into my military spouse life, that I might as well start
taking my sad, and almost pitiful luck, and turn it into something useful. I mean, as
a fellow milspouse blogger and friend told me recently, if it wasn’t for bad luck, I
wouldn’t have no luck at all.

When I first became a military girlfriend, I knew almost nothing about the Marine
Corps. I didn’t even know how to spell “corps.” That is not a joke, but feel free to
laugh hardily at that. For all my book smarts and good grades in school, I severely
lacked any true knowledge about military life save what I saw in the old “Be all you
can be” Army ads. For all I knew, Marines really did climb mountains and fight fire
demons (you may or may not remember that ad as well). So, when it came to dating
a Marine, it all felt very glamorous. I was the girlfriend of a handsome Marine.

When we got married and he deployed shortly after, that glamorous world turned in
the real life of a newly wed spouse to a deployed Marine… That life is not only NOT
glamorous, but I might have been a tad pathetic… Just a tad. Or a lot, depending
on how long you have been married to your service member, and how many
deployments you have been through. Being a reserve wife, I’m not anywhere near a
single other spouse from the unit, so I took to blogging to vent. It’s true, I found out
very quickly that there was a whole community of milspouse bloggers that I didn’t
know existed, but I’m pretty sure most of them read my blog purely out of the joy of
laughing at the sadly hysterical follies of a new spouse finding her way on her own.

I look back at that time in my life with a half smile. I’m horrified at the overly weepy
gal I was. But hey, I knew nothing about how to navigate the military as a spouse
and had to learn on a very steep learning curve. I was strong, but not as strong as I
am now. And I know so much more about how to get what I need out of the military
than I did then, but even now, I have my panic stricken moments filled with terror
and fear when something unexpected goes wrong… then I write a blog post about
what I learned and turn myself back into that darn old cautionary tale. Such is my

So, I will share with you one of my heartbreakingly hilarious stories from my
deployment and will tell you your life lesson of the day- I ask you to picture Tina Fey
as me in this moment for the absolute best effect.

My husband was deployed at the time and I had not heard from him for a number
of days. No word at all. So, I’m sitting in my sweats feeling particularly freaked out
that day, minding my own business of watching TV to occupy my time, when the
doorbell rang. Panic filled my heart. I was not expecting anyone today! And if I’m
not expecting anyone, then that doorbell can only mean one thing…

I burst into hysterical tears as I answered the door.

The look on the Fed Ex delivery man’s face was beyond uncomfortable, and, I might
add, priceless.

I can only imagine what must have been going through this poor mans mind when a
disheveled, hysterical young woman came to the door when all he wanted to do was
deliver a box. And he must have been utterly confused by the look of shear relief
that came over my face when I realized it was just the Fed Ex guy.

So, the life lesson of today is two fold. 1. Don’t wear sweats, skip showering and
mope about the house after you have ordered something online and are awaiting
a delivery while your husband is deployed. 2. Maybe explain to the poor guy why
you were sobbing, instead of just sniffling while signing for the package and then
shutting the door on the poor confused mans face.

Now, wasn’t that much funnier,and less pathetic, when it was Tina Fey, instead of
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