An official Greta bitch rant (like there are unofficial ones): Today I paid off the kids’ school meal accounts through the end of this school year (May). I tell the cashier we “might” be moving. Might is such an ambivalent word, it is a hellacious word. This military life position should be called “Military Purgatory” or “Military Hell Limbo!” Maybe someone who sits at a desk and makes up all those rediculous military acronyms should make one for this one. If you aren’t familiar with those acronyms, the military offers classes to spouses about them – really! When I should be rejoicing because we are coming to the end of our life as an active duty family, the “mights” are kicking my butt. Generlly I am not a Type A stress-case (Big Fat Lie #1).

Do I sign the kids up for summer sports camps? Should the house be ready to go on the market? Should I pick up their school records at the end of the year and withdraw them? Should I bother re-painting the wall that bugs me? Should I pre-address those “we’ve moved…again” cards. Lots of nibbles but no big fat bites yet for a job for hubby. It is still early as he can’t really start working until September 1, but not too early for me. I want something locked in NOW!!! Don’t these perspective employers know that if the wife is happy, everyone is happy!

I feel a little better now. If you are a military spouse, family, or even have one of those “keep moving” jobs in your family – you know just where this bitch rant is coming from. I better lighten off of the caffeine and start the alcohol early today! As always, I am happy & smiling while I bitch. If I held it in I would spantaneously combust!

3 Responses to “Living in Military Limbo 1”


  • Greta, I know EXACTLY how you feel. I”m going through the idential thing.

    However, I’m low-keying it. I refuse to worry. We should go, but should have gotten orders weeks ago. Will my kids go to new schools? Should I get the transcripts? Should I emotionally uproot? What can I count on?

    You gotta just have a BIG glass of Pinot Grigio (or 4 beers) and focus on whatever the need of the day is until you get your answer. Otherwise, you’ll drive yourself nuts. Trust me, I know…


  • Hang in there, Greta. Change is a way of life for us – usually it’s a change for the better. At least that’s what I tell myself anyway.


  • We are getting ready to move too. My husband is clerking for a federal court (which means his job ends in August) and has a 9th circuit one lined up, but that job doesn’t start for a year and we have to find something meantime. He doesn’t want to go back to his old firm, so we are looking for new firm jobs to start around September too. STRESS.

    Hang in there!

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