It's Monday, and I am finally watching Army Wives.
Who really calls is maneuvers?
Anyway, the part about Jeremy telling his mother that he wants to reenlist, but he won't do it unless his mother says it's okay...
Does your MIL have anything to do with your husband reenlisting?
Mine doesn't, plain and simple. She would never even offer her advice, but that's a whole other long story...
Does yours? Did she when he was single?
Does the war make your inlaws want their son home all the time? Every leave or R&R? It also brings up the question of reenlistment ceremonies. I think I was involved in Germany, once, but other than that, I don't think I ever attended.
One thing I was surprised of when I was in Germany, was the number of people that sent money home to their family to live. I guess I was too sheltered, but I never even imagined that was a possibility. Did I mention my parents kept me sheltered?
Anyway, back to my question(s). How much interaction do you have with the outlaws when your Soldier is gone? Are they in on the homecoming and the departure?
I have a strange relationship with my outlaws. They did something totally unimaginable a few years ago. It was horrible. They have been forgiven, but it has not been forgotten.
When they moved to Killeen, I tried to be open-minded. They did step up to the plate and went above and beyond in helping me while Gunner was gone. My MIL arranged her schedule around my teaching schedule so that she could pick up the kids if they were sick. When Junior cracked his head open, they were there. If the kids were sick, they would deliver groceries. Right after Junior was born, they asked for my grocery list every Sunday and would deliver groceries. I was reluctant at first, but finally realized with three kids, I needed help.
I did notice that my inlaws supply me with a lot of wine when we see them.... coincidence?
I have found that it is best for us to communicate via text messages. I'm not one to ask for help, but a quick text message when I am stressed out resulted in inlaws at my door within an hour taking my kids bowling, feeding them, and returning them home exhausted (the kids too).
This deployment will be different because my inlaws aren't here, and they haven't texted me but maybe once about 6 months ago. I wonder if it is out of sight-out of mind? Guess we will find out!
Let me know how you deal with the outlaws while your Soldier is gone, I will probably need the advice!
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