The Other Woman’s Gift

Service in the military has been compared to loving a mistress. Few soldiers are in it for the money, the benefits, the travel opportunities, or the hours. As a military wife, I often feel I have to fight for family unity and preeminence in my soldier’s life. But no matter how much my husband may love his country and his career, I know, deep down, that he loves me better.

Sure, Mistress Military, you might get to take my husband to Scotland, but he pines for me while he’s gone. Ha!

I know I need not compete with her for my husband’s affection, but it certainly makes my life harder when she keeps trying to impress him with her gifts. And now, just days before Christmas, she gives him a present that I can’t top: she went and put him on the promotion list. Do you think he’ll like that Chia Pet now? Sure, he may like his new socks and underwear, but they won’t put the same smile on his face as a higher rank.

Oh, but wait, it kinda makes me smile too…

Congratulations, sweetheart. I’m glad she recognizes your worth.

And now, the big question is: will I get to see the rank pinned on this summer? I’ve not seen a single promotion yet. And you made the mistake of promising I’d see this next one…

6 thoughts on “The Other Woman’s Gift

  1. Congratulations to both of you! What’s he coming up on?

  2. Congratulations to you both! She is a demanding mistress but she offers a wonderful gift to the family. Military children grow up in a home where sacrifice and service is the norm. That can be a blessing for their character development.

  3. Congratulations and great work!We were watching ET last night and Maria asked, “Who are those scary guys in the spacesuits?” Thomas said, “I know…the National Guard!” Bill and I snorted with laugher before asking them if they knew what that was…of course they were clueless.

  4. Congratulations! You must be very proud!

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