I signed the dotted line

The title is a phrase I repeat to myself often when something regarding marriage to an airman comes up. Take, for example, my husband's work schedule (or lack-thereof) the past two weeks.

First, he was off last Thursday and Friday, but working weekends. Then, he only worked half the evening Saturday, but was off Sunday. Switched to days for Monday and Tuesday, back to swings on Wednesday, off Thursday and Friday. 

At least, that was the original plan.

It's 10:51 Friday evening.
The phone rings.
It's his shop telling him he's actually working twelve hour shifts starting... oh, 3 hours ago, so could he please come in ASAP?
Hang up the phone.
Grab uniform.

Do they not realize this airman is married to a woman who can get emotional when learning that she has to sleep alone, plus hasn't been given enough time to mentally prepare for not having to fight for her pillow the empty side of the bed??? ;)

All this (and more) runs through my mind as my hubby begins to change.
Phone rings again.
Run to answer before machine picks up.

"Disregard," his supervisor says. "Twelves start tomorrow night."

Can you say emotional roller coaster?!  ;P  *sigh* Such is life when married to an airman. :o)  He might wear the uniform, but the moment I lifted my pen and signed the dotted line on that marriage license, I was sworn in, too.


Mrs. C said...

Bless your heart, Arlene! Men are just so much more "logical" than we are. Unfortunately, knowing that we are emotional creatures by nature doesn't make things any easier. :)

Keep hangin' in there!
Mrs. C

Happymama said...

Yep, you're right! And isn't it funny that, although you need to know your own SS#, you're only recognized by his? LOL

Yep, that's the life of a military wife!

Bruce was in SATCOM. What job does Nathan do?


Arlene said...

I know; I think that's pretty ironic. All my life I knew my dad's ssn, and I remember feeling so stupid when I didn't even realize that I had my own, too! Whenever I'm asked for mine, it surprises me and I always say, "Um, do you mean mine or my sponsor's?" and then I stutter before giving the right one because all three (my dad's, Nate's, and mine) start very similarly, LOL!

He is currently in MXS (maintenance), but sometimes his flight is under a different squadron... just depends on the base, I guess. Is SATCOM like StratCom (intel)?

Arlene said...

Thanks, Mrs. C; you are always such an encourager -- I guess that's why the Lord made you a Pastor's wife! :)

Happymama said...

Bruce was a Satellite Communications Technician Specialist. In short, SATCOM. It's no wonder the military abbreviates everything. LOL


Arlene said...

Oh... there are so many jobs, shops, flights, squadrons, and wings -- I don't know how anyone can keep up with them all!

You know, I bet someone could make a lot of money by compiling a book of standard military abbreviations! :P Of course, too many of them would probably be classified, and only those with certain security levels would be able to get it, LOL! ;o)