Back when we were stationed at Fort Lewis, many moons ago, I took a Parenting with Love & Logic class. Gunner of course was in the field, so I had my assistant at work that volunteered to come over to babysit. I introduced myself the first night, and then attended class once a week for about 6 weeks.
Near the end of the 5th class, our instructor came over to ask me how things were going. I told her that my husband had left, but that so far so good. She gave me this huge hug and told me how sorry she was that he was gone. I looked puzzled, and said that he was gone for a month. She thought he had walked out on the girls and me.
Fast forward to yesterday at the girls' school, and I was chit chatting with one of the moms and one of the dads, and we were talking about potty training. The mom had a 4 year old and had battled potty training as well, and she was asking if Junior was fully trained. I told her no, that since my husband had left and we had moved across town, that I was kind of holding off for a bit. The dad jumped in and asked if it was possible for my ex to spend more time with his son, and maybe that would help. It shocked me, and I explained that I was married, but that he had deployed to Afghanistan.
I guess I am so used to being around people in the same situation, and goodness knows at The Great Place, that almost everyone can understand your situation. Now that we live in a relatively large town, I forget that we are around people again that don't get it.
What things have you said that people misunderstood because they weren't used to the military way of life?