Military Blues: Random Phone Calls


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Military Blues & Phone Calls

Military Blues Phone Calls

You never know when your deployed spouse is going to call. For me, carrying the phone around is second nature & part of my military blues. I worry that if I don’t, I will be missing that random phone call. A drunk dial from a port visit or even a short call to say I love you in between watches is always welcomed. You never know when they are going to happen.

Knowing What to Say with the Military Blues

People ask me all the time where my husband is. The truth of the matter is, I don’t know. I will say that I talked to him today and they assume that I know where he is. Even if I were to ask, he couldn’t tell me. There are sayings that are pretty universal between the different branches of the military. “Loose lips, sink ships” and “Loose tweets, sink fleets.” Since I am married to a sailor, I only remember those ones. Bottom line, I never ask.

I find there is so much I want to say to my soldier on a daily basis. However, when he calls I find myself at a loss for words. What do you say besides “I love you and I miss you?” I try to keep our conversations positive, though sometimes it is really hard. Especially on those days where the kids are making me crazy and I have had a million things to do. Or on those days where nothing can go right. Talk about the military blues!

I know my husband has a hard time finding things to say to me as well. I ask how his day is going and the answers are always very short and simple. He lives in a pretty constant flow of misery all, for us. Don’t get me wrong, he loves his job. It is just really hard for him being away from us for so long. When things aren’t running smooth, it just makes the time seem that much longer.

Circular Conversations

So, I seem to pass the time talking in a constant circle of familiarity. The kids are doing good in school, they miss you too. The four year old said you have been at work too long. I just want to hold you in my arms again. I missed your voice. I went grocery shopping, saved a lot of money. For months I have had the same conversation at all hours of the day and night. How do you get off of the proverbial hamster wheel of conversation, while maintaining the “everything is the same here without you” facade of the military blues?

~Amanda

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