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So, Brigade has these occasional "resiliency" meetings.  A lot of times it's organized by one of the chaplains and revolves around family support, building a strong marriage, overcoming obstacles, etc.  DH got really annoyed when he was in charge of a Basic Training Company because with new soldiers it was all things that their parents should have taught them.  How to set a goal and work towards it.  Stupid things like that.

They're not a bad thing, per se.  Just...  Not something I'm interested in.  (Though, the weekend trips to sunny locals and free childcare does catch my attention sometimes.  Not sure it's worth the "get in touch with your feeeeelings" type of thing, though.)

Anyway.  This one just came up on the FRG FB page:
1 BDE/ 1 AD         Couples Event
Who: Couples of the Ready First Brigade
What: Building Relationship Resiliency and Lunch of Provide [sic]
When, Where, Blah, Blah, Blah

This event has no childcare provided.

OK, easy enough.  Couples resiliency.  Got it.

Here's what the person who posted it wrote:
NO child care is available for this one...if your spouse is deployed, I recommend using some of those 16 hours a month of FREE child care we get through the CDC (must call the CDC to schedule, please do not contact CH Xxxxxx with questions about child care). But remember, spaces fill call ahead.

Anyone else seeing the funny?  And, no, not the CDC part.  For us in the Army community, it means "Child Development Center".  AKA: daycare.  Which is still funny.  DH especially liked it when the old Class 6 (liquor store) on Benning became the CDC offices.

Ah...  The official email says "couples" is misleading.  I still find it funny.

On that note:

The Military Wife

Lots of moving...
Moving far from home...
Moving two cars, three kids and one dog...all riding with HER of course.
Moving sofas to basements because they won't go in THIS house;
Moving curtains that won't fit. Moving jobs and certifications and professional development hours.
Moving away from friends. Moving toward new friends.
Moving her most important luggage: her trunk full of memories.

Often waiting...
Waiting for housing,
Waiting for orders.
Waiting for deployments. Waiting for phone calls.
Waiting for reunions.
Waiting for the new curtains to arrive.
Waiting for him to come home, for dinner...AGAIN!

They call her 'Military Dependent', but she knows better:
She is fiercely In-Dependent.
She can balance a check book; handle the yard work;
Fix a noisy toilet;
bury the family pet...
She is intimately familiar with drywall anchors and toggle bolts.
She can file the taxes,
sell a house,
buy a car;
Or set up a move...all with ONE Power of Attorney.

She welcomes neighbors that don't welcome her.
She reinvents her career with every PCS;
locates a house in the desert, The Arctic, Or the deep south.
And learns to call them all 'home'.
She MAKES them all home.

Military Wives are somewhat hasty...They leap into:
Career alternatives,
and friendships.
They don't have 15 years to get to know people.
Their roots are short but flexible.
They plant annuals for themselves and
perennials for those who come after them.

Military Wives quickly learn to value each other:
they connect over coffee,
rely on the spouse network, accept offers of friendship and favors.
record addresses in pencil...

Military Wives have a common bond.
The Military Wife has a husband unlike other husbands;
his commitment is unique.
He doesn't have a 'JOB.' He has a 'MISSION' that he can't just decide to quit...
He's on-call for his country 24/7.
But for her, he's the most unreliable guy in town!
His language is foreign:
And so, a Military Wife is a translator for her family and his.
She is the long- distance link to keep them informed; the glue that holds them together.

A Military Wife has her moments.
She wants to wring his neck,
Dye his uniform pink,
refuse to move to Siberia,
but she pulls herself together.
Give her a few days, a travel brochure, a long hot bath, a pledge to the flag,
a wedding picture, and she goes, she packs, he moves, she follows.

Why? What for? How come? You may think it is because she has lost her mind.
But actually it is because she has lost her heart. It was stolen from her by a man,
who puts duty first, who longs to deploy, who salutes the flag,
And whose boots in the doorway remind her that as long as he is her Military Husband, she will remain his military wife and would have it no other way.

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There was something else...  Oh!  That's what it was.

So, in Isreal now it is illegal to use models with an unhealthy BMI.  (*rant about BMI being a fail-tastic way of judging health*) 

A new law has come into effect in Israel banning models who are too thin from appearing in advertisements.

The law was approved by Israel's Parliament in March.

It requires models to have a body mass index of at least 18.5, which is considered the minimum healthy weight. Lawmakers were prompted to take the action due to a rise in eating disorders in Israel, particularly among young girls.

Milan's fashion week has also banned models with a BMI under 18.5, and the Madrid fashion show has banned women whose BMI is below 18.
The local news station asked if it was something we wanted to see in the US.

My response: It wouldn't matter. Magazines would just photoshop the perfectly healthy models into something out of a Tim Burton claymation movie..

Because you know that they would do it!  They've already done it with several actresses who have raised an absolute fuss over it.  Good for them!

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