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While They Serve
By Edie Melson

You Might Love a Soldier If...

Those of us who have had a loved one in the military tend to look at life a wee bit differently than the rest of the world. Today I thought I’d share a glimpse at that perspective with a (tongue-in-cheek) list for those who love a soldier, either as a spouse, parent, child or sibling.

  • You know exactly how much you can stuff in a Flat Rate Box.
  • You know how to fill out the post office forms necessary to send that box.
  • Your prayer life has grown since your loved one enlisted.
  • Passing a man or woman in uniform always brings a tear of gratitude to your eye.
  • You know what it means when the incoming number on your phone doesn’t have the right number of digits.
  • You cry over an email that doesn’t say anything but “Hi, I’m fine. Love you!”
  • You refer to everyone not in the military as a civilian.
  • You have a love/hate relationship with the mailman.
  • You roll your eyes when you hear someone say, “I haven’t seen _______ in over a week.”
  • You can rattle off military time without hesitation.

And a bonus...

  • Your daily prayer list contains the names of soldiers you only know because you’ve met their friends and family somewhere in a line.

These are the things that made my list. How about your list? What things would you like to add? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section below.


Edie Melson is a leading professional in the publishing industry. She also knows what it’s like to send a loved one off to war. Her oldest son went from high school graduation, to Marine Corp boot camp, to Iraq; where he served two tours fighting on the front lines as an infantry Marine. Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home When Your Soldier Leaves for Battle, is Edie’s first book for those with a loved one who serves. Look for her newest book for military families debuting summer of 2015: While My Soldier Serves: Prayers for Those with a Loved One in the Military. You can also connect with Edie on Twitter and Facebook.