What does it take to be a military wife?
I've been thinking about that quite a bit lately since my son, an LT in the USAF, is getting married at the end of the month. It's either think about that or face up to the fact that I'm old enough to have a son old enough to get married. :)
When my son was commissioned two years ago, I asked his fiancee if she was ready to be a military wife. She said that if he can handle her being in grad school, she can handle him being in the USAF. While I admired her answer, I don't think she had any clue what she could be in for. And she has it easy. My son is a developmental engineer stationed in Massachusetts. Odds are he won't deploy and may not even has to PCS (move to another base) during his four-year committment. But he is still in the military and he could deploy and could PCS.
My soon-to-be daughter-in-law is a strong, intelligent woman. She can take care of herself. I think that is a necessity for a military spouse. She has a stong sense of herself, another characteristic I think is important. She doesn't need anyone, not even my son, to make her feel complete. No matter how long my son stays in, I think she'll be just fine and be a great military wife.
Did I mention that she's stunning? :)
In my WIP, the heroine, Genevieve, is a fierce do-gooder working for a non-governmental agency that works with women and children. I'm making sure that, like my soon-to-be daughter-in-law, she is strong and intelligent and sure of herself. And sexy enough to drive the hero, Truck, out of his ever-lovin mind! Truck is part of the crew of a Spectre C-130 Gunship. He is frequently deployed and his job is dangerous. I have to make sure that Gen can handle that. As sexy as she finds him and as much as she loves him, she has to be prepared to deal with all aspects of his life because Truck has no desire to leave the USAF.
What do you think it takes to be a military spouse?