Murphy knows when to strike, and despite our constant preparedness for him, he still has eerily good timing. Like when the refrigerator broke the day of deployment, or the kids got sick the weekend of staff duty, there are just some things that we can count on. In the spirit of ghosts and goblins, there are just a few common, frightful things about military life that transcend branch, rank or location. I think of it sort of like waiting for the toaster to pop, and still being startled by it.
5 Spooky Things about Military Spouse Life
- Arriving at your next duty station, at night, with no map.
No matter how well you time that road trip across the country, you will inevitably arrive at the next duty station at night. You’re unfamiliar with the installation and the town and you’re tired. So every little thing looks eerie. The house you thought was perfect looks downright scary.
- Thinking you heard a knock on the door when your spouse is away.
It’s been a few years since my husband has deployed, but one time I swore I heard a knock on the door at 11 p.m. I was frozen in fear as I waited for the second knock to come. It never did. The next morning I discovered my mother-in-law’s cat had taken advantage of the quiet hour to knock all the books off the kitchen table.
- Ending up in the same, mean commissary check out person’s line, every single time.
You know that one zombie-like check out lady? We all have at least one. You’ve tried coming at different times during different days. You’ve let people in front of you to avoid her. You put something back to go through the express line and she moved. She’s got you in her sights and she’s set to make your shopping trip miserable.
- Finding out about the unit potluck, the night before.
Why, oh why, does this keep happening? With email, Facebook, and text, why can’t they bring this information home in a timely manner! Without a doubt, I hear about the company potluck at 9 p.m. the night before and have nothing prepared. I don’t want to be that person who brings a bag full of soft tacos from Taco Bell. And I can’t be the one who can whip up a delicious and amazing looking dish with the things from my pantry in less than 4 hours.
- Waking up early on a training holiday.
I woke up in a panic. It was light outside and my husband was still snoring away next to me in bed. Oh my goodness! He slept through his alarm, this is going to be terrible. Quick, what time is it? I roll over and check the phone, 5:45 a.m.? What in the world?! I wake my husband in a panic, he shoots out of bed, just to remind me that it’s a four-day weekend. Yikes.
No matter how prepared or how used to this life we are, there are just some built-in ghostly things that happen to us, over and over again.
What other spooky milspouse life things would you add to this list?