Deployment Humor, or Not…..

I was talking with a girlfriend and fellow Army Wife last week. We were stationed together two years ago and were just catching up on each other's lives. Her husband is currently deployed and she was filling me in on life at home without him, when R&R was coming, etc.

My girlfriend began telling me about something funny that happened while the family was Skyping with Dad recently. After I got off the phone, I realized that what was funny to us as Army Wives wasn't what would have been funny to most any outsider who had heard the entire conversation.

During the build up to the "funny," my friend mentioned that her son had introduced his girlfriend to his dad via Skype, and I didn't think twice about it. That seemed perfectly normal and not at all funny or unusual. However, I'm willing to bet a civilian would have thought that was the funny and most interesting part of the story. But it wasn't.

Interesting lives we lead……

About the Author


Andi is married to an active-duty soldier and is the founder and former editor of SpouseBUZZ.

She is the founder of the Annual MilBlog Conference. The MilBlog Conference is the premiere event of the year for military bloggers. President George W. Bush, U.S. Representative Adam Smith, GEN David Petraeus, LTG Mike Oates, LTG William Caldwell, RADM Mark Fox, MG Kevin Bergner, MG David Hogg and The Honorable Pete Geren have addressed previous conferences.

While living in Washington, DC, Andi was the Ambassador to Walter Reed Army Medical Center for Sew Much Comfort, a non-profit organization which makes and delivers, free of charge, special adaptive clothing for wounded service members. Andi has worked with several non-profits to help our wounded heroes and their families. She finds that work to be the most rewarding and meaningful of all.

Andi strives to find humor in the good, bad and ugly of life and is a firm believer that laughter has the ability to cure most ills.

10 Comments on "Deployment Humor, or Not….."

  1. Shoot, I'm sure we all know wives who've had to introduce their husbands to their *newborn children* via skype or photos! Our normal is definitely civilians' weird…

  2. A friend of mine's toddler fell asleep during homecoming, and didn't wake up when Dad got off the plane. When he woke up later at home, he took one look at his Dad, ran over to the picture he keeps by his crib to double check that it really WAS Dad at home, and then burst in to an amazing smile. We all thought this was hilarious! When I retold the story to a non-military co-worker, she told me it was "Just sad that a little boy has to check a picture to recognize his father!" Ugh! I still think it was funny…

  3. I think it was cute and funny too! I'm a navy wife of 14 years this September and the civilian world has no idea what we have to deal with and get used to. It's a blessing that the child was happy to see daddy, whether he recognized him from the picture or not. My oldest was afraid of her Papa when he got back from a seven month cruise. She was only 10 months old when my husband left on deployment, so he was a stranger for a day when he returned. But when she woke up the next morning she couldn't get enough of him! She's been a daddy's girl ever since.

  4. My boys were at Camp Purple and the camp guides admitted they had no clue this is that military life was like. Sad but true, this is today's military. The norm for us is not the norm for general population. Welcome to the world as we know it!

  5. Luckily, I've found most friends and family not connected with the military lifestyle have been very considerate and understanding, but I definitely get that some things are just funnier to someone going through the same thing. My daughter will be turning 2 shortly and her Daddy is deployed right now. We talk to him on my cell phone and so now every time I pull it out she screams, "DA-DA!" It is followed by a lunging grab for the phone. It cracks me up each time…

  6. I don't have children at the moment, but I cried when I read your comments.

  7. My DH is deployed to Afghanistan at the moment and we knew that he was still going to be gone when I delivered number 9 baby. On Friday morning my water broke 5 weeks early. I was on the chat with my DH and told him that I was heading to the hospital. He told me to keep him up to date on skype. When I arrived at the hospital I found out that the baby had flip in the last 2 days and was breech. I was almost to the point of loosing it when I was able to get on skype with DH and he was able to calm my nerves. He stayed up his time until 1 AM and I told him to go to bed and I would call him on skype when the time was closer. I fought for a breech delivery I had already had 1 c-section and did not want to go there again. So, I won the fight!!! At 6 AM his time 5:30 PM my time I called him to tell him it was getting closer and update him that I was going to try a breech delivery. It would have to be done in the O.R. in case of an emergency c-section. I was worried that the computer would not be sterile enough but the Dr.s and nurses were in total support of him being there. The Dr. kept turning around and asking if he could see okay. I ended up delivering a beautiful baby girl frank breech at 6:41 PM via skype to afghanistan. They have a morning briefing where my DH is stationed at and the CPT stated in the morning brief: "I have one fire mission to discuss:
    The Ellibee family conducted a birthing mission in vicinity Mat-Su
    Regional Medical Center.
    The mission was fired at 1841L in Alaska (0711L this morning).
    Sophia Emmaline was on target and came in at 5lbs7oz and 19in long.
    All rounds were observed safe with no significant damages to report.
    Congrats again and I pray that all continues to go well. Blessings!
    I truly love skyping!

  8. That is so cool! See to me these stories are not weird either! My husband is currently deployed and we were discussing the very real possibility of me getting to go to the next duty station early to get set up. It's what we do right? I was telling my aunt my plans because I was excited, her response, "Your husband is expecting an awful lot from you!" oh, well, I just guess they will never know!

  9. That's how my son introduced his girlfriend to my husband. Funny I just thought it was normal. LOL

  10. flatwoodsflyer | August 15, 2011 at 9:27 am |

    how would you like a four year tour, thats what I did in Germany, in the AF, wasn`t married, but still away from my family, thats a whole enlistment, no money to fly home for a 30day leave, making less than $100 amonth, put up with the military for 10 years, got the heck out, couldn`t make any rank , I wasted 10 years , the only thing I got was a trade A/C mechanic, crew chief , WOW when will the AF learn that the bases are there to support the Aircraft not the aircraft suport the base, it sucks

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