After this morning's Facebook post (which, by the way was entirely serious) I thought I'd sit down and write out a Dunne list of military spouse-isms for the end of June. Feel free to add yours in the comments!
You know you are a military spouse when...
1. You see a moving truck pull into your subdivision and you have a minor panic attack.
Are we posted? Did I forget to put it on the calendar? But I just finished unpacking! Is someone I know moving? NO! They can't leave! I like them!
You get the picture.
2. You start packing for your next move and realize you have ten boxes you still haven't unpacked from the last move.
OH! That's where that pair of shoes went! I've been looking for them for three years! And...oops. I don't think that ham sandwich was intended to be packed in the foyer closet box...eeeewww.
3. You're filling out the criminal record check forms so you can coach your 4 y.o. son's soccer team, and you have to look up postal codes for three places to put in the 'List addresses for the past 5 years' section.
Not lying. I had to do that two weeks ago for a different summer activity.
4. You decide to file your kid's report cards properly (for a change) and realize last year's report card is still in a box. Somewhere.
Remember those ten boxes? My advice is to start looking in the bottom one.
5. You give up trying to find last year's (insert summer item here) and just buy a new one.
It probably was broken/wouldn't fit, anyway.
6. You start looking at real estate websites in random locations, because you know you're likely posted next year.
I am addicted to the multi-listing service (MLS). Just the whisper of potential postings sends me in a frenzy of home shopping. This year is no exception. And no, we aren't moving...yet.
7. You could wallpaper your house with rainbows of those little moving company stickers.
Yep. Been there.
8. You know what FIGMO* stands for.
I--not lying--explained this acronym to one of my civilian co-workers this past week. She'd never heard of it. I enlightened her and she totally agreed she was FIGMO. :)
9. You are FIGMO.
Even if you didn't work during this post. You get that June feeling. You know, the THANK GOD SCHOOL IS FINISHED FOR A FEW MONTHS, feeling. Or maybe you're glad to be leaving your job too...and going along with your spouse. There's something so freeing about moving to a totally new place with a new job and new potential friends.
10. June is a happy-sad-stressful month.
See number 1. Who is leaving? Who is moving in? Where are you going? Where is your spouse heading on exercise? How are you going to deal with kids leaving their friends?
Looking ahead to moving and having friends move is emotionally draining. Actually June is draining.
Take heart. August is only a few months away.
*FIGMO= F*@# It, Got My Orders.