You Might Love a Soldier If...

A field of American flags on a green lawn

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.