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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Military Wife Appreciation

I followed one of my reader's comments to my post on the 4th of July, 'God Bless the U.S.A. The Meaning of Freedom' , and found this amazing poem, honoring military wives.

Thank you, Chaotic Mom for honoring those who wait ever-so nervously on the sidelines for their soldiers to come home. We still must go on with our day-to-day parenting, despite the fact that our spouses are fighting a war in another country for months at a time. The worrying never ends

Most people don't realize that the military spouse is completely alone in raising their children while their other half is on deployments. Most military families live hundreds, even thousands of miles away from their extended families: mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers. So, we're truly alone during this time, in the sense of familial support.

If you happen to know a military wife (or husband) who brings inspiration to your life, please acknowledge them. Offer your assistance every once in a while. Give a gift, showing your support. Thank them for sacrificing their husbands or wives enabling them to defend your freedom.

It's a difficult task, no doubt. And it takes a very selfless person to complete it.

The backbone of the home you see.
That's what the military wife is to me.
Guarding the fort while her husband's away,
Defending and protecting his country each day.

Though many forget the importance of her role in his life,
Please, Sir, don't forget the military wife.
The woman who primarily raises her children alone,
The one who strives to make a "house", a home.

The one who sacrifices the time she could share,
The one who has many responsibilities to bear.
The woman who is married to a protector of the world,
The one whose life stays fairly unfurled.

I say again, kind Sir, don't forget the role
she plays in his life.
Yes, dear Sir, the military wife.
The woman who stands by her husband's side,
The one who takes life stride by stride.

The woman who wonders when he's far away,
The one who prays for his safety
and sends tender love his way.
Next time you look into a soldier's eyes,
Think of the one who stands by his side.

The one left behind, the encouragement in his life.....
The woman who's called the MILITARY WIFE.


Lori July 11, 2009 at 7:23 PM  

This is beautiful. My mother in law was a military wife and she sure paid her dues, now they are living in sweet retirement and enjoying living in one place for awhile. ;) My hubby was a military brat, but did not go the military route.

Nice to meet you via BlogFrog Community leaders.

Holly July 11, 2009 at 11:08 PM  

The struggle of military wives has been on my mind the last few weeks because I see more of these amazing women writing blogs. Many thanks for your post and for sharing that lovely poem. I'm glad to see the appreciation for the spouses who are trying to raise kids and keep a home. I popped over here from the BlogFrog Community Leader forum :)


Pam July 12, 2009 at 3:44 PM  

That is a wonderful post. Many people do not realize how hard it is for military wives.

Anonymous,  July 12, 2009 at 6:05 PM  

Well said and a beautiful poem. A great tribute to those serving silently at home. Thank you for sharing!

Looking forward to supporting each other as BlogFrog Community Leaders!

The Mommy Chef July 12, 2009 at 7:32 PM  

I can't even imagine. It is hard enough when my husband travels a couple days a week, I can't imagine months alone without help. My hat is off to military wives.

As a fellow Blog Frog leader, just wanted to say hello!

Carolee Hollenback July 13, 2009 at 2:23 AM  

I couldn't imagining dealing with all they do- not just the day to day stuff, but the constant worrying about the "better half"

Tara July 13, 2009 at 8:16 AM  

Now I'm coming to visit you! I'm slowly getting around to all 30+ community leaders and am having so much fun doing so. I'm grabbing your button too!

I couldn't imagine being a military wife. They sure sacrifice a lot and I'm very appreciative of it.

Thanks for the nice comment! What I failed to put in my post was that I got my hair cut off in hopes that it would cut some of the perm out but that didn't help. Glad I'm not the only one that looked like a tomboy! I like to think I'm a good mixture of tomboy and girly girl:-)

Unknown July 13, 2009 at 6:45 PM  

Thank you for sharing that poem, coming from BlogFrog Community Leaders. I do know a few military wives and I see how difficult it is for them. The kids barely even know their father.

...and Hello, to the twin seven year olds!!!

Tellie July 15, 2009 at 11:34 PM  

Thanks for posting this. Although my mother is not a military wife per se, I did grow up living a military life style since my dad worked along side military personnel. Sometimes I forget all the scarifies she had to make, while watching my brother and me thousands of miles away from America.

Elle Jay Bee July 17, 2009 at 11:15 PM  

What a beautiful post! I love that poem and it is so true. I do not know where military families get their strength and courage, but they deserve every morsel of support and recognition they receive. I just wish more of it came their way, especially for those without family nearby to help out...

I am happy to have found you via the BlogFrog community.

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Angela McCoy is a freelance writer/editor, military wife and work at home mom (WAHM) to four boys with special needs. Her writing encompasses a myriad of topics -- Autism, ADHD, Auditory Processing Disorder, Cystinosis, Fanconi's Syndrome, kidney transplant, and more -- influenced by her two teenagers and seven-year-old twins. She considers writing to be therapeutic and utilizes her skills to counsel and inspire her readers. Angela is a quick-witted, 'no holds barred,' tell it like it is' humorist who has learned that laughter truly is the best antidote to life's adversities.

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