One of the toughest things to do being a military spouse is having to leave or watch someone else leave. There's the given deployments and saying "see you later" to your husband (or wife) which is hard enough all in itself. Then there are friendships that are created during military lives that can mean as much to you as anything else. These people that fill in for family when you're away from your own. They even in some cases fill in aspects of a marriage. We, in our little circle of friends, consider each other everything from "Deployment Hubby" to "Deployment Wifey" to "Army momma". We are all there for each other on a daily basis. Just like a family would be. We call each other in the middle of the night when you just can't stand being alone anymore. We're there for coffee every morning. Cookouts every summer. Playdates. Birthday parties. When someone gets sick and just needs a helping hand. And so much more!
There have been a few best friends, bff's, battle buddies in my life who at one point or another due to the military have been taken away from me due to the military lifestyle. And though we expect it, you don't have to like it. I've had a few battle buddies since I became an army wife. All of which I don't live near anymore (except for the current deployment wifey). And you always say you're gonna stay in touch and nothing changes except the distance between you. But honestly, things do change. You get new lives. The phone calls dwindle. The emails become few and far between. But you can always know that in your mind (and your heart) that you will always have that friend there if you need them. Whether you call them to vent or cry or drop an email to just catch up.
I have a close circle of friends here in Kansas. We've all come different walks of life, different places in the country. We are definitely a diverse group and have each seen life through different colored glasses. Our experiences in life make us who we are. And to merge your life with someone else broadens that horizon even more. Because you see things from a new perspective. You learn different things about the world and yourself. These relationships I have with my friends are priceless and nothing I would ever want to lose.
Fifty years from now, I can look back on my life as an army wife and I'll remember the places I've been, the deployments and hardships we've gone through. But what I'll remember most is the people I've met along the way.
And for that I'm grateful for being an Army Wife! HOOAH!
Love to all my Battle Buddies out there....in Kansas and around the world!