the powers that be. I am at the bottom of the chain. I hold no
Military ID card, I am not a dependent or a parent. The man I
love may face unspeakable dangers, and I am at the mercy of those
who possess this recognition for news. I understand this and accept this.
I am a military girlfriend. I have promised to be here for him upon
his return, no matter how long he is away. People may say I am insane
for making such a commitment with no guarantees, but I hold onto our
promises and have faith that he will come home safe to me. I know full
well that my love for him fuels him in the worst of times.
I am a military girlfriend, there is no ring on my finger to symbolize
our commitment, though I love him no less for it. I hope every day that
he will be able call because a simple 30-second phone call can bring
the greatest spectrum of emotionssmiling with tears in my eyes from
so much joy and pain. My relationship is based on a brief
communication where I love you and Im okay speaks more than volumes
and gives me the strength to keep going.
I am a military girlfriend. I take no moment spent together for granted.
I hold onto every touch, caress, kiss, every word. I have memorized the
feel of his skin, his smell, the sound of his voice, and I play it over
and over in my mind so that I will not forget. I cry myself to sleep
some nights because missing him hurts so badly, but wake up the next
morning, brush myself off, and start a new day.
I am a military girlfriend. The events of the next several months hold
my life, my love, and my future in the balance. When you watch the
news reports, you may turn away and go about your business
relatively unaffected. When I watch news stories of the war I do
not see nameless soldiers a half a world away. I see individuals
who will be forever changed by war. News of every casualty causes
me physical pain and deep sadness.
I am a military girlfriend, not a spouse or family member. When you
say your prayers for the wives, mothers, and fathers, please don't
forget about me.