Some of you might read the title of this post and start preparing for some lovey dovey business. Put the tissue box back, folks. We’re not going down that runway today. We want to be as transparent as possible with you all through our lives as military spouses. So here I am, one month and a day into marriage with my pilot and I’m here to share some not-so-sappy truths.
1. Flight suits stink. I mean literally, they stink. I say this with the best intention of warning you people. I love my husband tremendously but holy camoly Superman… He isn’t even a stinky person! However, every time I walk into our closet I start to question that statement. Some of the best advice I received from a fellow pilot’s wife was that she made her husband take them out of their closet and put his own rack in their bedroom. GENIUS I TELL YOU, GENIUS. That way, your closet doesn’t smell like the Deathly Hollows every time you go in to find that cute seersucker dress of yours. By the way, I want to make this clear… The dude has five of them. It’s not like he wears the same one over and over again. He’s by no means unsanitary but when you’re flying (or living) in 115*F heat I really don’t think the sweat glands have an option. Also, wash them all separately from the rest the laundry. Not only does it prevent the stench from leaching into everything else but there is too much Velcro on them to take the chance of messing up your own clothes. You’ve been warned.
2. The pilot community is very tight knit. It’s like having a great group of people all in the same general area ready to be there for you in a heartbeat. If you need help with something, someone will be there. If you want someone to eat tacos with, someone will be there. If you just want to go out and have a fun night with a big group of people, don’t worry, they’ll all be there. I’ve been in Arizona for a month now but all of our friends here make it feel like I’ve been here for years. We’re so incredibly thankful for that.
3. They speak another language. Seriously. Not only do they have the usual talk about flying and planes using lots of acronyms and terminology I probably should learn but they also have these words and sentences that have odd meanings. For instance– Manchester and “so to speak”. I’ll give you a hint– they love an excuse to smack each other across the face. I wish I was kidding.
4. Work hard, play hard. Oh man and pilots do just that. They work their tail ends off all week but they make sure to have some fun on the weekends. The best part (in my opinion) is that I’m not saying drink your brains out kind of fun! Sure, they do like to drink their fair share but most of the time their idea of fun involves some sort of adventure. Sign. Me. Up.
5. Don’t hold your breath. I’m sure all of you military spouses reading this are laughing in agreement when I say that. Heck, we’ve dealt with this since the beginning. AM I RIGHT OR WHAT? If the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Navy you name it gives you a date, don’t hold your breath. I hate to be morbid but I can guarantee you will run out of oxygen long before the actual date finally arrives. I say this because we’ve got a drop coming up within the next couple of months so anytime anyone mentions any sort of date tiny flickers of excitement and anxiousness fill the air. Since it’s hovering over us, I think it’s important to remember and remind– don’t hold your breath. Oh, and more importantly… God is in control. Always.