Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A Birthday Wish

This morning I had to come to work at 8AM. I am generally at work by 7-ish (I know! SO freakin’ early), but I decided to use that extra hour I could have slept in at the gym. After my not-quite-an-hour workout, I went home and got ready for work. USUALLY, as I’m walking out of the door, they’re just waking up. Because my normal routine was thrown off, I threw off everybody’s routine. The Man overslept, The Brat overslept, so he was trying to hustle her out the door for the bus.

Seems like a pretty normal-ish routine, right? It’s not though. It’s taken 20 years to get to a point where I’m waking up every night next to my husband. Because for the last 20 years, The Man has been an Active Duty Marine. What that means? It means he goes wherever the Marine Corps tells him to. Sometimes he’s home to eat cake & ice cream for one of the kids’ birthday, sometimes he’s just barely managed to squeeze in a 5 minute phone call before communication is shut down. There have been times when he was home so frequently that I WISHED he would go somewhere – anywhere, and times when I only wished he would come home. Yeah, the Marine Corps wife is a study in contradictions – we complain when they’re underfoot everyday and cry when they’re deployed.

He retired this year. So he’s home everyday now. He’s taken over getting The Brat off to school, and because he’s home, I decided to finish school, since somebody will be home with The Brat while I’m wasting away in class during the evenings. His military ID now says RETIRED. It’s different, but he is definitely getting used to not having to PT junior Marines at zero dark thirty (read: the ass crack of dawn). And I’m getting used to having him around to help with dinner. Plus, I get to call him my house bitch husband. I’m a real romantic.

As it happens, he DID manage to get her up & out on time. And before he did, I stopped him at the door, gave him a kiss and wished my Marine a Happy Birthday. 234 years old looks good on him.

Once a Marine, ALWAYS a Marine

Semper Fi

6 comments:

JustMiss said...

Damn, those years look GOOD on him! ;)

Mom2Jazz said...

SEMPER FI! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. B! WE LOVE YOU!

Desert Rose said...

Hi there! Found you through Chantelligence and her blog awards. Happy birthday to your man...funny, I sometimes call my husband my bitch..he really appreciates it too! Retirement from the Marines..wow, what an accomplishment. My husband used to be in the Army, but that was way before we met.

Bubblewench said...

Super HOTTIE! Happy Birthday! Thanks for being so awesome!

Travis Erwin said...

A birthday and veterans day. He owns this week.

Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo said...

so is it rude to say RAWR at your hubby?

Cause he looks rather hot in that uniform.

And Happy Birthday. Oh and yay you with the school and the gym.