By Sarah Smiley

ISBN-10: 0451216679

ISBN-13: 9780451216670

ISBN-10: 0786560835

ISBN-13: 9780786560837

A former army brat and present-day army spouse, Sarah Smiley is familiar with higher than somebody that weddings and funerals--even childbirth!--take a backseat to Uncle Sam. but whilst Sarah's husband, Dustin, is shipped away for an unforeseen deployment, what follows is a real try of power and wit that even Sarah's list-making mom could not have ready her for. simply whilst Sarah thinks she has all of it less than regulate, an enthralling health care provider creates temptation that's not easy to withstand. Now, with one far away wife, kids and 3 most sensible pals, Sarah learns that lifestyles occasionally potential going a bit overboard. tremendously frank and openly humorous, this memoir of marrying younger and growing to be up overdue exposes every little thing you by no means knew you did not learn about lifestyles within the military….and then a few.

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Dustin turned to look when he heard boots clomping on the cement floor. When he saw who it was, he stood up, stretching out his right hand. “Sean, man! ” he said. The two of them shook hands and patted each other’s backs. “This is my wife, Sarah. ” I lifted from my seat only halfway and shook Sean’s hand. ”). Then he sat down across from Dustin. ” Dustin asked him. “Yeah, man,” he said. “Not much to leave anyone though—just my Corvette, I guess. ” Sean’s voice surprised me. He was so muscular, he had no neck to speak of, but when he talked, his voice was soft and almost feminine.

I didn’t repeat my question and he didn’t seem to notice. Conversations with my dad always went that way. He blamed it on “compartmentalization,” which is a skill the military teaches people—to focus on one thing at a time, or to compartmentalize their emotions away from their intellect. It’s an important skill for keeping pilots and soldiers safe in combat, but unfortunately, compartmentalizing sometimes rears its ugly head at home, too. Now, as I sat next to Dustin, who was engrossed in the television, I had a familiar lump of emotion in my throat and my eyes stung.

Most of the ornaments were packed away, but a shiny silver wedding cake with our wedding date engraved on the bottom sat on the black piano top. I held the ornament in my hand and sighed. Dustin’s mom came to Thanksgiving dinner that year with not one, but three varieties of pecan pie. “So typical,” I said to myself and tossed the wedding cake ornament into a box. But then I remembered something else: Dustin didn’t eat a single bite of his mom’s pies. ” Yet when was the last time I had made Dustin a pecan pie?

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