Wednesday, February 21, 2007


When you're Jewish, you have the word "Goy." It basically means "non-Jews," but it's usually used when someone is completely clueless.

In military life, civilians are our goyim. When someone makes a stupid comment or makes it clear that they have no concept of how the military works, you shrug your shoulders and say, "You can't blame him. He's a civlian." If they say something particularly stupid, you usually pepper that with a few expletives.

Dh has started interviewing for civilian jobs. He starts his terminal leave in less than a month. His separation date is the end of May.

The prospect of being a civlian family frightens me. I've been a military wife for so long now. Our kids have always been military "brats." This isn't just a job, it's a way of life. I'm glad dh is abandoning his military career (never thought I'd say that) because it's obvious that it's not the best place for him (which sucks because he has gotten all kinds of honors and awards, but the current administration has screwed up royally and that directly affects the military). Still, everything we know is about to change and that's scary as hell.


Suzie said...

I just wrote a comment wishing you well but the dumb word verificaiton is having issues and it deleted everything and I'm too tired to re-type it even though my message to you now is twice as long - grrrr. It's been a long day.

Anonymous said...

I really, really understand, only we're still a year away from this. Perhaps you should read/listen to this story on NPR, which aired today, and feel relieved once again at your family's decision.