Military Wife Quote: One Word Isn’t Enough

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Strong. Flexible. Independent. Dedicated. Adaptable. The list goes on.

The list of words to describe military spouses, that is. When we asked our Facebook readers what one word they would use to describe MilSpouses, they came up with so many fitting adjectives that we realized how impossible it is to sum up our awesomeness in just one word.

One word isn’t enough to describe military spouses.

Military spouses come in all shapes and sizes, and at first glance, it may seem the only commonality that some of us share is a love for a servicemember. But we share way more than that.

We’re supportive. We’re proud. We’re patient. We’re courageous. We’re resourceful. We’re amazing. We’re tired. And yes, sometimes we’re forgotten.

We don’t fit into all of these descriptions all of the time. I know I’m definitely not brave, adventurous and Gumby-esque every waking moment of my military life. And that’s okay. Because that’s where the big word steps in, the most mentioned word on our Facebook list:


We are “marked by the ability to recover readily.” We recover from all those curveballs military life throws at us. We get right back on our feet after those days when we’re not exactly tough or unbreakable or inspiring.

Resilient is the perfect word to describe military spouses because it allows us some imperfection. It gives us a little wiggle room to admit we have our off days and then lets us thrive on the fact that those off days don’t define us. We acknowledge them, brush ourselves off and move on so the next day we can be powerful, hardcore, supercalifragilisticespialidocious superheroes.

So the list goes on. What one word would you use to describe military spouses?

About the Author

Heather Sweeney
Heather Sweeney is an Associate Editor at, former Navy wife, mother of two, blogger, and avid runner. She’s the blogger formerly known as Wife on the Roller Coaster and still checks in every now and then at her blog Riding the Roller Coaster.

1 Comment on "Military Wife Quote: One Word Isn’t Enough"

  1. Debra LeCompte | November 13, 2012 at 10:05 pm |

    No one has more admiration for the military spouse, and really the whole family. Too often those who sacrifice most are the most forgotten. I love a quote from John Steinbeck's book, East of Eden,
    "I believe a strong woman may be stronger than a man, particularly if she happens to have love in her heart. I guess a loving woman is indestructible."

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