By Christine H, Military Spouse and Exchange Guest Blogger
When is the last time you were walking down the street and saw a woman wearing a T-shirt that read, “Mechanic’s Wife”, “I love my Chef” or my “Banker’s richer than yours” ? How about a woman carrying a purse made of medical scrubs to show support for her surgeon-husband? When is the last time you thought of camo as the new black?
Go within 10 miles of a military installation and you will see shirts, bumper stickers, coffee mugs and many other items imprinted with slogans such as “Army Wife”, “I love my Marine”, or “My Airman flies higher than yours”. Purses, diaper bags, hats, wallets– you name it– made from remnants of old military uniforms and decorated with unit patches, name tapes and rank tabs, grace the arms of women of all ages, length of service or spousal rank. Ask a military spouse what color matches camo and you will get an answer that somewhat resembles “Camo is the new black.” Whether in jeans, sweat suits or business suits, you will often see women in various levels of dress sporting a camo purse lined with any color/pattern fabric. We may not have spare money to buy a new outfit, but surely we can scrape together the money needed to display our pride on our shoulder, sleeve or wherever else we see fit. Even Victoria’s Secret Pink has recognized the market and jumped on the proverbial military pride bandwagon with sweat suits, tote bags and t-shirts, all carrying a slogan like “Pink Loves US Army”.
Is it simply the idea that women can’t resist a man in uniform? That surely plays a part for many of us — I would challenge you to find a military spouse who doesn’t feel the ultimate sense pride as she walks into a venue in her ball gown, made up head to toe on the arm of her man in full dress uniform, for example. The pride that we feel surely doesn’t start with a crisp set of dress blues, and it definitely doesn’t end there–it also comes from being at a sporting event when the announcer thanks our men and women in uniform and asks them all to stand as the audience in the stands applaud. It comes from driving past a field on the way to work or our children’s school and seeing perfectly formed rows of formation. It comes from pulling the car to the side of the road at 1700 for the lowering of the flag. It comes from the stranger on the street who stops my husband, even when he is not in uniform, and thanks him for his service. Then, when he jokingly asks if it was the haircut that gave him away, he is told that the haircut sealed it but that it’s “something else, just the way he carries himself”.
For me, the biggest daily reminder of all of the pride I have for my husband is sitting on my porch on a warm evening when the day is punctuated with the peace-instilling sound of Taps.
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The opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the Army & Air Force Exchange Service.