When my husband and I first started dating, I fixed his plumbing… A pipe under his kitchen sink broke while I was visiting him during a school break. When he went to work, I went to the local hardware store and got a few replacement parts. I had assumed that my Marine boyfriend would have the basic tools that I needed to do the job, so when I got back to the apartment I looked around. Not finding what I needed, I called him at the office to ask where they might be. He and I and the battery staff got a pretty good chuckle when his Gunnery Sergeant on the other end shouted out “Hey Sir, it’s your girlfriend. She needs a hacksaw and wrench!”
It could probably be argued that that was the moment my (future) husband realized I would be OK with military life. It was also the moment when I realized never to take my tool box for granted. Having the right tools and knowing how to use them is empowering. The knowledge that I can fix stuff gives me the courage to look at a problem straight on and develop a plan for overcoming it. And let’s face it, Semper Gumby requires the ability to come up with a terrific Plan A (B and C too) and then execute Plan F. To help with this, I have 3 tool boxes…..
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*** Alia Reese is the spouse of a US Marine and mother of 2 young children. She holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology and used her experience raising children through her husband’s multiple combat deployments to create the award winning American Hero Books® series. For more information please visit www.heartstarpress.com or contact Alia at [email protected].