I am a Marine Wife

I am a Marine Wife
I am a Marine wife,
I share my husband's pride in the Marine Corps.
My husband has conquered the most challenging
military training program that the United States has to offer.
The Eagle, Glode and Anchor give testimony to his title
"Leader of Men, United States Marine"
He has taken his place among history's Marines
who have made the world feel safer just hearing the words,
"the Marines have landed, and the situation is well at hand"
I am proud that in an age that scorns fighting men,
he chooses to defend his country.
Although I can never fully understand his
devotion to his fighting faternity,
I realize that these closed corners of his heart
and mind are no threat to our marriage.
That without his dedication to the word "Marine"
and all it stands for honor, courage, patriotism and
devotion to duty - he would not be the man he is.
I try to be familiar with the job so I can appreciate his abilities.
I wait when longs hours of tour duty seperates us,
knowing our reunion will revitalize our marriage.
I pray for his success in his career and for his safe returns.
I hope that he fulfills his career and that I will never be a deterrent.
I share a common bond with those wives who waited during Belleau Wood,
Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Iwo Jima, Ichon, Khe Sahn,
Beruit, Grenada, Desert Storm...
Knowing one day, I will be the one waiting.
I choose to let the possiblity of loss increase the
intensity of the moment, to live fully and to love completely.
My husband has earned his right to be called "Marine"
He has been tested and not found lacking.
May I be as worthy of the title..."Marine Wife"

Contributed on 23 July 1998 by Robyn Casteel