Thursday, August 30, 2007

Five Questions from Dick (Finally)

1. Describe the feelings of a wife who's husband has been called off to a war.

Argh. I hate talking about this.

My feelings range anywhere from despair, hopelessness, fear, and pride. It's a part of our life that has been the thing closest to tearing us apart. When Scout and I are together, we are the best team ever. When he's gone, it's like someone busted out our kneecaps. We're a mess.

But what makes it all worth it is knowing that Scout will kill as many enemies of the United States as humanly possible. Without blinking. And if he can help it, will come home to me at the end of it all.

But then, when I let my mind wander, I contemplate what I would do should he not come home. How would I react to the men in Class As standing at my door? Would I stay here, run away to Kansas, or go home to Seattle? Would I ever really be able to move on? Would I hate myself for letting Scout re-enlist? Would I still think that freedom for Iraqis and other Americans is worth my soldier's life? What kind of memorial would I plan for him? Who is the first person I would call? Where would he be buried? See, I gotta stop now.

2. Tell us of just one of the hardships you face as a military wife.

Job selection (see all previous posts). A girl with a degree in a normal town could score a decent job, but it seems that in military communities, there is a shortage of good-paying jobs, and a plethora of shitty paying ones.

3. If you had one thing that you could change in your past life, would you, and why?

My college major. I should have finished my Nursing degree. Instead of finishing school just for the sake of finishing, I should have waited and done something I actually wanted to do. Now I have a Business degree and I'm not using it.

4. Can you cook? If so, just how far along are you on the culinary scale?

Although I'm fairly sure I couldn't hang in the kitchen with your Kelly, I'm not the least bit intimidated by new recipes or labels that suggest one should be an "advanced" cook. All three of my good friends are culinary geniuses, so I've been able to learn a lot from them as well. One of my favorite holidays is Thanksgiving; I love being able to cook with and for others.

But I also love the simplicity of Rachael Ray and Rueben Night at our house. Sometimes the simple things taste the best.

5. What do you think about the Liberals who can't understand the concept of freedom?

Hmm. What do I think about them? When it comes to war and ugly things like killing the enemy, they are pansies.

I assumed that moving to Texas would mean big belt buckles and a serious shortage of liberals. Unfortunately, the latter seem to be more common than the former.

So the other day I was pricing movies at work and came across Fahrenheit 9/11. I simulated puking while pretending to throw the movie in the trash (which I have seriously considered every single time I come across the movie). I used a very politically incorrect name for Michael Moore; a co-worker of mine got extremely offended and wouldn't talk to me for a few days. I couldn't believe it. Later, I found out that my co-worker essentially agreed with everything Michael Moore said in this film.

Another co-worker of mine is always talking about our exit strategy in Iraq. And he's one of those guys that kind of tilts his head from side to side when he talks to make what he's saying seem smarter. And don't get me wrong, he's a smart guy, but his politics are totally incompatible with mine (he also thinks Taurus is superior to Glock. Maybe he's not so smart after all).

Politically, these two guys are pansies. And (in my humble opinion) any person who thinks bailing out of war when shit gets ugly is better than finishing what we started is a pansy too.

Having said that, I'm not a hard-core Republican. On most things I lean right, on some things I lean left. I actually refuse to talk politics with anyone I have no common ground with (ie people that think Michael Moore is a hero, Bush=Hitler, 9/11 was a conspiracy planned by our government, hard-working tax payers need to pay for the lazy fucks who refuse to work, and homosexuality/sex before marriage will plunge you straight into hell).

Let me know if you want me to ask you five questions.


SoHoS said...

Great answers. I have a friend who went to college in Killeen and a good friend of mine was stationed @ Ft. Hood in 1987. I was 17 and we went and partied @ some dance hall there. Had a blast! Again I was 17...Feel free to ask away!

Nicole said...

I hear ya on the lack of good jobs for military spouses. I think that was single hardest thing about living in Germany. Had it not been for my desire to work (and to do something that would bring in more than $7/hour) that would have been the perfect place. I can still look around here on a US post and see similar troubles. It seems that if you're not in the Fed system, a teacher or in the health field, you're probably going to have a hard time. Am I right?

Sarah said...

I think it's hard because some people come and "camp out" in the jobs on post. Their husband retires or something and they just stay in the job for the next 15 years. Which means that a lot of the good jobs are tied up, especially in a small community like in Germany.

And I was a teacher (professor) and the Univ of Maryland still paid for some douche from the US to come teach in Vilseck instead of hiring me to do it...I still can't believe they brought in a Communist who hates soldiers to teach, um, soldiers.