07 June 2004

A Military Girlfriend

The average military girlfriend is age 20. She is strong, fierce, and brave, and under normal circumstances to society is considered not a girl, but not yet a woman. They work hard and keep busy, but would rather be with their Soldier.

She’s a recent high school graduate. Usually starting college, or finishing her first year. She was probably very active in her school activities, and remembers the day her Soldier said he was leaving. She remembers how she swore to be waiting when he returned from half a world away. She listens to lots of love songs, and occasionally country music. She may be 10 or 15 pounds lighter, and look very tired, because she lies awake at night worrying about her man.

She gets writer’s cramp from writing so often. Her words promising what she swore when he left. She acts happy on the outside, but her heart aches on the inside. She knows more about machine guns and grenade launchers than an average 20 year old woman would know.

She is self sufficient, compassionate and brave. She usually sleeps in one of the two shirts of his she owns, alternating days. She has learned to live without the money he may have lent her before, and spends what little she has to send him care packages filled with things he needs. She can usually ease her own pain, because most of her friends could not begin to understand.

She is proud of her man. Even though she knows he saves lives, but could also take them. She understands though, that it is his job. And she has heard of more suffering and death then she wants to. She weeps with him when there is a fallen Soldier, and always stands proud with tears in her eyes during the National Anthem. She scorns at those who disrespect the flag and National Anthem, because her Soldier is a world away, ironically fighting for their right to be disrespectful.

She fights a war too. Day in and day out, dealing with comments from others regarding the troops or even the war. She stands by her man, and is always willing to speak up when someone is disrespecting troops, even if everyone in the room is against what she has to say. And she asks nothing of her Soldier when he returns, for she does not feel he owes her for all the time he missed, but rather, thinks of it as a privilege.

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