When God Created a Military
Contributed by: Louis Jackson
When the good Lord was creating wives,
He was into his sixth day of overtime. An angel appeared and
said, "You're having a lot of trouble with this one, "What's
wrong with the standard model?"
And the Lord replied, "Have you seen
the specs on this order? She has to be completely
independent, but must be called a dependent and must be
sponsored to get on base. She must have the qualities of
both mother and father during deployment, be a perfect
hostess to 4 or 40, run on black coffee, handle emergencies
without an appropriate manual, be able to handle flu,
birthdays, and move around the world, have a kiss that cures
anything from a child's torn Valentine to a husband's weary
day, have the patience of a saint when waiting for the
squadron to come home, and have six pairs of hands."
The angel shook her head slowly and
said, "Six pairs of hands! No Way!"
And the Lord answered, "Don't worry,
we'll make other military spouses to help. Besides it's not
the hands that are causing the problem, it's the heart. It
must swell with pride in her husband, sustain the aches of
separations, beat on soundly when it's too tired to do so,
and be large enough to say 'I understand' when she doesn't,
and say 'I love you' regardless."
"Lord", said the angel, touching his
sleeve gently. "Go to bed, you can finish that tomorrow."
"I can't," said the Lord. "I'm so
close to creating something unique. Already I have one who
heals herself when she's sick, can feed three unexpected
guests who are stuck due to bad weather, and can wave
goodbye to her husband from a runway and understand it is
important to his country that he leaves."
The angel circled the model of the
military spouse very slowly. "It's too soft," she sighed.
"But tough," said the Lord excitedly.
"You cannot imagine what this woman can do or endure."
"Can it think?"
"Can it think! It can convert 1400 to
Finally the angel bent over and ran
her fingers across the cheek. "There's a leak," she
"I told you that you were trying to
put too much into this model."
"It's not a leak," said the Lord.
"It's a tear."
"What's it for?" asked the angel.
"Its for joy, sadness, pain,
disappointment, loneliness and pride!"
"You are a genius," said the
The Lord looked somber and replied "I
didn't put it there."