This is the un-glamours part about being an aviator spouse. Knowing you should be in bed because the kids are down and you have a long day tomorrow. But hubby is flying. No, he’s not overseas in combat, but it doesn’t matter. He flies an airframe that is not known for its glowing reputation. MV-22 has been called a death machine to my face by other Marines and my fellow Airmen in the USAF. I know first hand about the maintenance issues and budget restraints. What makes tonight worse is that there are spouses and families right now waiting for word about their missing flyers. It’s been well over 2 days since the USMC had a catastrophic incident between an F/A-18 and KC-130. We have FIVE Marines missing. I’m sick for them. I pray that I never have to witness a day where Marines in dress blues knock on my door. .
It’s not lost on me that there are others who worry about their spouses line of work. My dad was a fire fighter, I remember wondering as a kid, if he would get hurt or worse. The difference to me is the possibility of MISSING. Not only could he be gone, but there exists a possibility of not having closure. .
I’ll be honest, we have a rocky marriage at times. We’re both combat deployed Type-A Military officers who work in operations. We have horridly short tempers, that I pray doesn’t effect our kids. But on nights like this, where tragedy is in our little community, I hate that he is flying. So I stay awake…waiting for that single text that lets me know I can take a breath and try to sleep while wearing his sweatshirt.
Please tonight, before you go to bed, say a prayer for our Missing and fallen Marines. Pray for the possibly sole survivor; for his recovery both physically and mentally. Pray for all of our troops…the ones in combat, the ones fighting silent battles every day, and the ones training at home defying death everyday on US soil. Pray for us, the families and friends who wait for that text. Just Pray.
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