15 Things Only Military Spouses Would Say

Have you ever been at a happy hour or out with a friend of yours that’s married to a civilian and said something about your marriage that resulted in an expression of bewilderment or, even worse, a narrowing of their eyes and lift of their eyebrows that exclaims, “I can’t believe you just said that!

I don’t know about you, but this has happened to me on many occasions, and it boils down to one thing: Spouses of civilians just can’t always understand. In the world, things that may not be socially acceptable or may even be downright offensive, make total sense to any seasoned military spouse.

Next time when you say one of the following things that, let’s just be real here, any military spouse says at some point, just know that we are nodding along in understanding:

1. “We communicate so much better when he/she is gone.”

15 Things Only Military Spouses Would Say

Now, if you want to talk reintegration

2. “I don’t know what it’s going to be like to live with my spouse again!”

15 Things Only Military Spouses Would Say

We change over the years…but when the years aren’t spent together, it’s not easy!

3. “I’m so sick of all these acronyms.”

15 Things Only Military Spouses Would Say

BAH, anyone?

4. “Oh no, I can’t go to the commissary today, it’s payday!”

15 Things Only Military Spouses Would Say

For real. Don’t do it.

5. “I’m so over traveling.”

15 Things Only Military Spouses Would Say

Instead of traveling, we’ve decided to live everywhere for a few years at a time…

6. “There’s nothing sexier than a pair of camos.”

15 Things Only Military Spouses Would Say

See also: Dress Blues.

7. “Sorry, not sure if we can make it to your thing in a month, we only plan a week in advance.”

15 Things Only Military Spouses Would Say

It’s nothing personal…we really would love to plan a vacation. Or, even a double date night…

8. “Absence makes the heart fonder!”

15 Things Only Military Spouses Would Say

We have to think positively! And wine. Wine is good too.

9. “I love having so much time to myself.”

15 Things Only Military Spouses Would Say

Getting. Things. Done.

10. “I think I know my spouse’s social security number better than my own.”

15 Things Only Military Spouses Would Say

Recite at a moment’s notice! Always.

11. “I’m sorry, I never put my phone away. I never know when my spouse might call!”

15 Things Only Military Spouses Would Say

Bathroom, included.

12. “Sometimes I don’t know what I would do without Facebook.”

15 Things Only Military Spouses Would Say

a.k.a. the place we make and keep friends who actually understand us around the world.

13. “My spouse needs his own room for all his clothes.”

15 Things Only Military Spouses Would Say

That sexy camo we were gushing about? Comes in multiple pairs…

14. “I just don’t see the point in fully unpacking.”

15 Things Only Military Spouses Would Say

Where is that? OH, that’s in the closet box…or maybe the basement box…what, this house doesn’t have a basement? That must have been the last duty station…

15. “What’s your first name again?”

15 Things Only Military Spouses Would Say

We don’t get much time with you…so we make it count!

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