Monday, July 13, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
The term military dependent has always bothered me. Could you assign a more paradoxical term to identify a group of people? In response, one day when I was particularly bothered, I penned my own declaration.
The Declaration of INdependents
When in the course of military life it becomes necessary for military spouses to dissolve the term that defines them – military dependents – they should declare the causes, which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all military spouses are created equal and are entitled to the term military INdependent.
To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.
We actually have our own social security numbers. There’s no reason to constantly refer to us as our “sponsor’s last four”.
We support each other in the absence of active duty spouses and in the presence of war.
We sacrifice our own chosen careers and educations to provide support to our active duty spouses.
We are the ones who really handle the moves. Why, oh why, is it necessary to forbid us to sign the paperwork without a usable power of attorney? You saw us in your offices arranging the moves and shipments on behalf of our absent service members. You KNOW who we are.
We are the ones moving home and hearth back and forth between Hell. Why are we not on the actual orders?
We are raising the next generation of military heroes – the ones left at home now to grow up in the safe, freedom-to-choose land provided by past generations of military heroes and the present one to whom we are all married today.
We, therefore, the representatives of the military spouses of America, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by the Authority of the good People of the community, solemnly publish and declare, that the term “dependent” is hereby abolished in reference to a military spouse. And for the support of this Declaration we mutually pledge to each other that, like the Army, we are “Army Strong”, like the Air Force, we “Aim High”, like the Coast Guard, we are “Always Ready”, like the Navy (go Navy hehe), “Not Self, but Country”, and like any Marine always says, “We leave NO man behind”.
Article found in Military Spouse Magazine….Babette Maxell, author.
Friday, July 3, 2009
We got there on a Tuesday, and later on in the afternoon we walked to the Baskin Robbins at the BX for dollar scoop Tuesday. It was in the mid/high 90s the whole trip, which is why Maddox's face is so red! **These pictures and videos were taken with my new camera.**