While we are busy thanking our active and ex-military on Veterans Day, we tend to forget about the spouses who make the sacrifice right along with them. Rarely do we see a military marriage that doesn't have to face a long distance relationship. It's just the nature of the job, some may say. But think about how hard it is to be away from your spouse for even a week (I'm sure some of you civilians would love to get away from your spouse that long ;). I know that in our household, it's difficult enough to do all the parenting alone for a few hours while the other one of us is out running errands. Imagine going MONTHS without your other half? Even just getting home to let the dogs out after a full day of work and sitting in traffic alone can be daunting. Well, that is the reason why I want to highlight our military wives this Veterans Day. Starting on November 4th, I will be shedding the spotlight on one wife a day, until November 11th. I'm very impressed with the posts that I've received so far and I'm very eager to share them with you. And don't worry military husbands-I will be spotlighting you in the near future too. :)
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For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a writer, but like all passions, they must start somewhere. Back in 1989, when I was nine years old, my teacher assigned the project that I would later learn was the start of something that would be nurtured and honed for years to come. It was a project that set me sailing toward not just a job, but a career. Back then, my lifelong dream career was to be a veterinarian or an olympic gymnast, so when we were assigned the task of writing and illustrating a book, I wasn't super enthused, but I was willing to give it a try. I had always loved words and reading, but animals were really my true passion back then. I wanted to save them, so the last thing that I had in mind was wasting my precious frog and turtle rescue hours to put together a silly book. But, I stood up, held my head high and ventured ahead with some construction paper, markers, string, and a stapler. Much to my surprise, time passed in the blink of an eye while I was creating my story, "The Great Turtle Catch." Which, leads me to this week's bucket list wish....
I want to write a children's book before I die
The Great Turtle Catch" took on a life of its own and after timidly presenting it to the class and handing it in, I learned that I had a talent for writing books. It was after receiving an A+ from working on something that did not feel like work to me, that the path to my dream career had drastically changed. I decided to hand in my stethoscope and leotard and hit the word processor (yes, I wrote my first real short stories on a WORD PROCESSOR).
"The Great Turtle Catch," recently reappeared in my life. When I was a very round eight months pregnant, I decided that I would forego cards in lieu of children's books for my baby shower. I wanted my baby girl to appreciate the written word as much as I did, and, in some sense, force it on her. ;) Wrapped securely at the bottom of the gift bag that was given to me by my father was "The Great Turtle Catch." He was giving it back to me after I had presented it to him as a gift 26 years before. After crying a combination of happy and hormonal tears because of the reincarnated book, I went out and bought a plaque and hung it on the wall of the freshly painted nursery.
Since I had a child, I find myself flipping the pages of children's books every night before her bedtime, which has given me the idea to add the item of creating my own children's book someday. One that will most certainly involve turtles and all of the creatures that I wanted to save when I was dreaming of becoming a veterinarian back then. Maybe after I get through the pile of projects that I'm currently working on, there will be a children's book with my name on it. :)
Okay, so while out walking the dogs today I thought about stuff - A LOT of stuff. Such as... things that I want to accomplish before I die. Sounds a bit morbid, right? But totally necessary-because I love life and I find the beauty in the classic oddity. So, with that said, I present to you, my friend, "Bucket List Sundays," where I will chronicle a new weekly item that I long to accomplish before I die. First thing's first...
I want to crash a wedding before I die
New brides everywhere are probably crinkling their noses and flipping their hair at me, but that's okay-I get it-you ladies are new to the "getting married" scene. But I simply love a good old fashioned wedding-the mixing and mingling of family upon family, friend upon friend. It's like an orgy for people who like to socialize! We can all learn a little something from a wedding. First of all, a wedding always brings us back to those first days of innocent love and it makes everyone attending believe in love again. It gets us to cling to our date's arm, and get swept away on the dance floor to that stupid chicken dance, clucking and winging ourselves away like the idiots that we are. It gets us to touch up our makeup in the restroom after we watch the father-daughter dance. It gets us to rest our head on the shoulder of a strange uncle of the bride during a "sway around the couple as they dance" moment. It brings out all those emotions that are hidden beneath the heap of everyday life. It brings on the four lettered word called LOVE which makes us all happy and mellow.
So, as I approach 35 and realize that so few of my friends remain to get married and I'm a guest on so few wedding lists these days, I want to crash one. It may not be today, it may not be next month-but I will make pretend that I am "cousin Michelle from upstate New York" at some wedding in my near future. Names and locations may change-but IT WILL HAPPEN before I die.