Ten More Signs Your Spouse is Deployed

Welcome to the second installment! Here are ten more signs your spouse is deployed. If you missed the first installment, check it out here.

11. You secretly love it when your kids sneak into the bed for some snuggling. For the non-snugglers, you rediscover the middle of the bed and dread giving it up.
12. You rinse and reuse your kids’ plates for meals and use paper towels for your plate.
13. You bribe your kids even more. Especially if it means a nap. For any or all of you.
14. You have more company in the shower than usual.
15. Your wine purchases double. Again.
16. The “no TV during meals” rule becomes “…oh whatever.”
17. After the kids go to bed, you have pizza rolls and potato chips for dinner. Or sometimes just the potato chips.
18. Somehow the volume of laundry increases.
19. You go to bed with a dirty kitchen because you just can’t stay vertical once the kids are down.
20. The kitchen has never been cleaner. Within 10 minutes of dinner.

I welcome your additions and thoughts, whether you’re military or not. I know many civilian spouses travel for long periods, and y’all know what it’s like too. Know that you’re appreciated by one who’s living it now. So please share!

Ten Signs Your Spouse Is Deployed

1. Your wine purchases have doubled.
2. The kids want pizza again? Sure.
3. Your fantasies involve the bath and the bed, for bathing and sleeping. And that’s it.
4. Every American flag makes you a bit weepy.
5. When your kid’s playdate is leaving at 4, you desperately ask the parent if they want to stay for dinner. And then maybe a sleepover.
6. You consider joining a single parent support group. (Especially if your spouse is an IA or you’re not in a spouses club.)
7. Suddenly your Reserve weekends seem a lot more fun.
8. You stay at Chick-Fil-A for three hours. Or more. And you don’t always eat.
9. You go to bed at least two hours later than usual. And stay up too late watching TV. Probably Law and Order. But SVU or original, not Criminal Intent.
10. When laundry piles up, you just buy more underwear.

If you were reading this and nodding vigorously, please know that you’re appreciated. And feel free to contribute your own. I welcome your additions!

Have a wonderful day, and give yourself a hug – you deserve it!