3/21/09

Murphy's Law

You might be a military wife whose spouse is deployed if...

Your family comes down with a terrible virus days before your honey leaves. (except me, praise the Lord! But it still wasn't pleasant... let's just say there was a LOT of laundry from my two guys over those few days!)

Your son has a blow-out diaper that cannot be contained in the diaper and begins to run down his pant leg and into his shoes.

You discover there is only ONE wipe left in the diaper bag and paper towels don't even come close to doing the job.

You forgot to pack any extra clothes in the aforementioned diaper bag. (did I mention this happened while we were AT the airport trying to say our good-byes to my airman?!?)

You also discover that the airport only sells infant-sized onesies and older kiddie/adult-sized shirts.
No pants. No shoes. No wipes.
And the kiddie t-shirts are $16 a pop.

You learn that shoes can be washed and scrubbed vigorously in the bathroom sink, but they will still stink during the car ride home.

Your two-year-old, who has been sleeping through the night for at least a year, suddenly reverts and starts waking 2 to 4 times a night, every night, for a week straight. (praise the Lord, he's down to waking up only once, and last night he slept through until 8!!!)

Your car's windshield wiper fluid runs out... just in time for spring rains and dusty days.

Your wiper for said windshield breaks... so that even if you had fluid to clean the window with, the high-pitched noises that ensue make a dirty windshield seem almost desirable.

You come down with a stomach bug (the night before family flies in for a visit) and spend most of the evening with your head hanging over the toilet.

You feel well enough in time to pick up the family at the airport, only to have her and your son catch some other bug that lasts the majority of the week-long visit. (But we had a good time anyway! Miss you tons already, Jess!)

Yes, all of the above have actually happened to me us in the 9.5 weeks my honey's been away. At the time, some of the incidents were certainly not funny! As I look back on them now, I can appreciate the humor of the situation(s). :o) Hope some of you got a good laugh out of it, too! We have about 6.5 weeks left until my airman is {possibly} able to start his long trek home... that donut is getting smaller and smaller!

13 comments:

Mrs. Amy @ Clothesline Alley said...

LOL, ah the joys of military separation style Murphy's Law. ;o)

A few of mine:

You might be an army wife if...

*you've desperately had to clean a poopy baby off with the spray of the shower while moments away from hopefully) clearing base housing, you know, the house you've just spent HOURS upon HOURS cleaning.

*you think major spring cleaning is *nothing* compared to clearing base housing.

*you have tried your hand at a drill, a screwdriver, and a wrench, with your trusty DIY book, as the toilet overflowed, the garbage disposal stopped working, and the bathtub drained is suddenly plugged...and your husband has only been gone for a week.

*you have had the not-so-delightful opportunity to figure out how to dispose of a dead guinea pig body, without touching the creature, as your weak stomach cannot handle it and your husband won't be home for nearly a year.

*you freak out and can barely bring yourself to answer the door because your two year old daughter claims "green people" where the ones who unexpectedly knocked on the door. In her world, green people are soldiers in dress uniform...enough said. :o(

*you've ever had to send an email to your husband, on Christmas morning, saying, "Merry Christmas! As the USAA email has likely informed you already, we had an apartment fire last night...."

*you know just how short a 120 day countdown left really is.

Most of these weren't funny at the time they happened, but they are quite comical now. :P

Arlene said...

Oh, thanks for sharing your military moments, Amy! I'm definitely learning that a sense of humor is imperative for a military wife! :o)

Amber Duvall said...

Me next, me next!!!

*your hubby has to leave you after you move overseas, and you spend your first 3 1/2 months in a foreign country alone and getting lost EVERY single time you leave your house, and can't understand when people give you directions.

*the next deployment, the car breaks down, and you're out of state. The warranty people tell you that a new transmission will be in...IN 3 WEEKS...although you are set to leave in less than 3 days!

*your daughter looks up and points at every plane yelling, "Daddy, Daddy!! It's me! Hi! You can come down now!"

*you've had to live out of your suitcase for 3 months while your things are shipped from overseas to the U.S.

*you've waited months and months to see your guy, and when you get to the terminal, your daughter throws up all over herself and you...so your first greeting is, "Hi. I missed you. Now, take your child so I can clean up!" (All while smelling like vomit)

And although most of these I can look back and laugh at now, it was just horrible while it was happening! :)
But what doesn't kill us, just makes us smell bad...I mean, makes us stronger! :P

Grace said...

My Mom(in-law) could share a lot of "good" stories with you. Anyhow, I hope that the rest of the time goes quickly and uneventfully!

Diorio family said...

You made me smile! Though I'm sad for all the hardships you've endured. ♥ ya!

Liz A said...

I think we all have our little lists lol! These were good. :) Hey, I am going to start actually journaling here, so follow if you want. :)

Samantha said...

Oh my goodness! You are some woman! I'm glad your honey will be home somewhat soon so life can begin to make sense again.

Becca said...

Sounds like you could write a book! :) May the Lord give you a blessed day!

~Becca

Sherry said...

I'm so sorry, Arlene. :( Hugs!!

Pilar Stark said...

It is funny how that works (afterwards and when everything gets fixed of course :)), if something can go wrong it will :).
6.5 weeks will be come and gone before you know it.Can't wait to see the picture of you three together. :). Many blessings your way.

Tori said...

Aww, bless your heart, what a hard time you've hard. But hey look on the bright side, it made a hilarious post!!!

Pilar Stark said...

Hey, thanks for all the links for recipes, I will be checking those for sure. :)

Kristi said...

Aww, bless your heart! HILARIOIUS story about the blow-out at the airport. hehe Been there!

Did you get your wipers fixed?

~Kristi