My mom and dad called me yesterday to see if I like a hard or soft mattress. To anyone else, that question may seem strange, especially when you haven’t lived at home for three years, and you’re married, and you live in another country.
|source: my new mattress 🙂|
But it made perfect sense to me. I’ve had the same mattress at (my parent’s) home since high school. It’s at least a decade old, if not more. It was great when I grew up there and went to school, and it was even fine during college when I was home on the weekends and over break. Then, when I moved back home after college I managed to tolerate the bed, but I sometimes preferred to sleep on the couch in order to avoid the springs poking me as I slept.
That bed had seen better days. So when my parents said they bought a new mattress, it was a really big deal!
Going home without your husband isn’t something most people experience, but it’s something pretty normal in the military community, especially during deployments or long TDYs. I’m thankful I get along and actually prefer staying with my parents when I’m home without my husband. And now I’m really looking forward to that first night’s sleep at home on my new mattress!
You know you’re a military wife when your parents
buy you a new mattress for your old bed at their house, because they
know you’ll go home during the deployment and need a comfy place to sleep.
Now it’s your turn! Finish this sentence: “You know you’re a military wife when…”