Sunday, October 3, 2010


This forward quite nicely sums up the visible part of a military wife (or military spouse, not exactly though). Military wives occupy a very unique position in the military - tonnes of responsibility without any formal authority. However, the military knows how to look after their ladies and thus the lack of formal authority has never stood in the way of them fulfilling their very critical responsibilities, in war and peace.

"The good Lord was creating

A model for military wives

and was into his sixth day of overtime

when an angel appeared.

She said, “Lord, you seem to be having

a lot of trouble with this one

What’s wrong with the standard model?”

The Lord replied,

“Have you seen the specs of this order?

She has to be completely independent,

possess the qualities of both mother and father

be a perfect hostess for four to forty

with a hours notice, run on black coffee

handle every imaginable without a manual

be able to carry on cheerfully,

even if she is pregnant and has the flu,

and she must have six pair of hands.”

The angel shook her head

“Six pair of hands? No way!”

The Lord continued, “Don’t worry,

we will make other military wives to help her

And we will give her an unusually strong heart

so it can swell with pride

in husbands achievements,

sustain the pain of separation

beat soundly when it is overworked and tired

and be large enough to say

“I understand” when she doesn’t

and “I love you” regardless

“Lord”, said the angel, touching his arm gently,

“Go to bed and get some rest,

You can finish this tomorrow”

“I can’t stop now,” Said the Lord

I’m so close to creating something unique

Already this model heals herself when she is sick

can put up six unexpected guest for the weekend

wave good-bye to her husband from a pier

a runway or depot and understand

why it’s important that he leave

The angel circled the model of the military wife

looked at it closely and sighed

“It looks fine, but it’s too soft”

“She may look soft”, replied the Lord

“but she has the strength of a lion

you would not believe what she can endure”

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her fingers

across the cheek of the Lord’s creation

“There’s a leak,” she announced

“Something is wrong with the construction

I’m not surprised that it has cracked.

“You are trying to put too much into this model”

The Lord appeared offended

at the angel’s lack of confidence

“What you see is not a leak,” he said,

“It’s a tear”

A tear” What is it here for?” asked the angel

The Lord replied, “It’s for joy, sadness, pain

disappointment, loneliness, pride and dedication

to all the values that she

and her husband hold dear.”


Renu said...

bahut accha laga.

How do we know said...

hats off the military wife.. really!! i have marveled at the strength of these women.. their resilience.. and their sacrifice, that often goes unnoticed... this is a salute specially for them..

Soulmate said...

While we all often praise the officers/soldiers for the sacrifice that they make for our country, the contribution of their wives is seldom noticed or acknowledged for.. This is my special salute to all the wives and families of such soldiers...