When MacGyver (my husband) enlisted several years ago, I had to learn a whole new vocabulary. One of the off-hand terms I learned was (what I thought was) “HomefrontSix” which was a term used to describe the spouse who runs the house (along with LipstickSix, KitchenSix, etc. “Six” refers to the commander.). Little did I know that I had misheard the term. The original term was “HouseholdSix”. But it was too late and the name stuck. So here I am – HomefrontSix.
So, who the heck AM I? I’m an Army wife. A “Hooker’s wife” to be more specific. Have been for 8 years now and truly I cannot imagine any other life. MacGyver started out as a Chinook mechanic and then worked his way up to flight engineer status on Chinooks. Our first duty station was Fort Wainwright, Alaska and it was incredible. We were there when September 11 happened and made lifelong friends while we were there. In early 2002, MacGyver decided to put in his packet for flight school and he was accepted. Thus began the next chapter of our military life. We chose to stick around and commit another 6 years to the Army in the face of 9/11. On to Fort Rucker (or “Mother Rucker” as many call it) Alabama, and then it was on to Fort Campbell, Kentucky. We thought we would be at Campbell for years and were mentally preparing for the upcoming deployment when MacGyver came home one day and announced that we were moving. Moving?? We had only been there 4 months at that point! But we soon found out that we were scheduled to head to Paradise 4 months later. And now, here we are! Living the good life in Hawaii. Can’t ask for more, can we?
Personally speaking, I am many things. American, Army wife, mother, blogger, Libertarian, high school teacher and swim coach, FRG volunteer, student, and volunteer. I am definitely a “bloom where you’re planted” type of person but my red hair and Irish heritage tend to lead me to open my mouth before I engage my brain. Not always the best idea. I often find my foot in there. But I’m learning. I still consider myself to be a “rookie” when it comes to being a military spouse but I suppose I am not anymore. Maybe, once I slog my way through the deployment we are currently dealing with, I won’t feel like quite the rookie anymore. We’ll see. It has been an interesting ride so far. Hang on for the next turn!