Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Five Years

Today is one of those days that I really have to think about who/what I am. A Liberal, who has strong feelings against the Iraq war. A Proud Army Wife, who supports her husband, the troops, completely. A Liberal, who thinks the Afghanistan War was and is the right thing to do. A Proud Army Mom, who supported her son during his Army days, and now supports him in his ongoing life as a veteran. A Proud Army Wife, who is active in her new FRG and trying to help some of the younger mil-spouses out there who are a little bit lost in this new military life.

I wrote a blog a while ago "where would I have stood" and I still don't know. A woman I work with, seeing my peace symbol next to my Army Wife pin, asked if I wanted to go to a vigil tonight... and I can't. A woman screamed at me on the train this morning, that I was some sort of traitor... Her exact words " I guess you think we deserved 9/11"... my response - what a fatuous idiotic statement that is...

It would be so much easier to not listen to the two sides of me. Being torn like this makes me wonder, if it wouldn't be easier to forget it all, to not read the news, not watch the Honor Roll on Lehrer, to not respond to the FRG requests for help, to not blog, to not go to SpouseBuzz or any of the other military blogs. I think it would be easier, but I wouldn't be me.

One thing I noticed today - no uniforms. My train goes to the Pentagon, and usually there are lots of men and women in uniform, and I always feel great seeing them. Today, they were in that "civies" uniform, jeans, polo shirt and jacket... That's a shame.

So from me - to the men and women in uniform, I'm so damned proud to be in your family. To the protestors, yes we want peace, but don't forget, your right to protest is protected by those men and women in uniform. Protest the decision, not the ones who are carrying it out. And to my friends, both to the left and the right of the spectrum, thank you for putting up with this two sided confused Proud Liberal Army Wife (especially you, love of my life.)

LAW

7 comments:

kimba said...

Cheers, LAW - and remember, dissent is patriotic, too, no matter who yells at you on the metro.

Bette said...

I for one am glad you're doing what you're doing. Keep on!

Mel said...

Your balance of conviction and support is admirable! I do not find you confused, but well rounded!

mismysailor said...

I tell people it's like loving your kids but not always agreeing with what they do. You'll always support their decisions and be there to dust them off if they fall. I'm on both sides of the same coin all the time. I tell myself it's what makes me interesting. It also helps that my husband is in the Navy and I really think we're the most liberal branch of the Military.

jaybee said...

Hey,
I'm right there with you, sister. First of all, nice to meet you. I've know about your blog for awhile, but I just got engaged to my Army Officer boyfriend of 3 years. I also work for a liberal political strategy firm. So yes, I know what it's like to live between two worlds, with my uber-liberal parents and co-workers, and some of my fiancee's more conservative friends. The world is complex, and it's easier to jump to quick answers about things.
Can't wait to get to know all of you better....

Whennrome said...

Thanks for writing exactly what I've been thinking. Nice to see another liberal married to a conservative group.

Marine Wife said...

I may have to steal that line from whennrome "liberal married to a conservative group." B/c it often does feel like I married not only Stretch, but the Corps, too. And believe me, none of that was in "the Plan."

Kudos to you for being able to articulate everything so well, LAW!