posted on Apr, 9 2016 @ 09:05 PM
Hello and welcome to my rant. Please have a seat, keep your hands and feelings inside the ride at all times until the ride comes to a complete stop at
the platform. Please enjoy and thank you for listening.
Before we begin, I must start out by disclosing my feelings about our service members. I have had a massive respect for the military in general ever
since I was a small child. My grandfather would tell me stories about his tours in Korea and I would listen in awe that someone would love a country
so much that they were willing to sign over their lives so that others may stay home and enjoy their freedoms. I really began to realize how great I
have it to be born here when he would tell me how the Korean service members would bury their own people up to the waste and use them as target
practice for machetes. I have since had a place in my heart for the struggles they endure and the endless cruelty of the world that they suffer so
that people like me can sleep safely in my bed at night. I don't care what your opinions are on war, but you are a damned fool not to respect a man
or woman in uniform. Thank you all, sincerely.
I told you that story to tell you this one.
Today I was working in my humble cell phone shop, slaving away to fix busted phones and payment issues that customers usually have. About noon, in
walked a pretty blonde who looked to be in her mid 40s. As she told me about her issues with her iPad (she didn't know how to get her notifications
off) I could sense something.... pius about her. She did nothing wrong to me but the way she spoke told me that if I had challenged her in any way, I
may just end up with a good tongue lashing and a bad review about myself on the company Facebook page. This is something I have dealt with on a day to
day basis as customers will never admit fault. It is what it is. Yet, I couldn't shake the feeling that I just DID NOT like this woman and it
bothered me. She hadn't said anything wrong or mean to me. In fact she was quite pleasant and seemed to be grateful for my help which I am usually
thrilled about. It was driving me absolutely mad that I could not quite place why she made me so uncomfortable. Then, I spotted it.
On her shirt, in bright blue letters, it read "Air Force Wife" which actually made me physically cringe so hard that I was glad she was zeroed in on
her phone. I should have stopped reading there and talked myself into not having assumptions but, alas, I am a glutton for punishment and when I
noticed the next line I was so disgusted that I had to excuse myself into the back so I could vent about it to a coworker for a second. Underneath the
already obnoxious print that so blatantly suggested what level of entitled I imagined her to be, read "Don't confuse your rank with my authority".
I think I read that line about 6 times before I realized I was not, in fact, seeing things and that this woman was really standing in front of me
right now whilst willingly wearing this shirt.
Before I divulge why this was ever so triggering to me, I will say this. All of my best friends are "military wives" and 2 of them have been in the
military themselves. They are loving, amazing, spectacular, wonderful wives as well as excellent friends. I understand that not EVERY wife of a
service member is an arrogant, stuck up piss-ant. There are some bad ass ladies out there that are married to amazing men and women alike. However, I
have seen the type "wife" the person standing in my store was and I just wanted to shake her and tell her how dumb she looked.
When service members first get out of their initial boot camp/basic training, a lot of family members will buy shirts saying things like "My son is a
Marine" or "Proud Army Girlfriend" (that one makes me cackle incessantly, just so you know). It's okay because you are new and they are new and no
one really knows the protocol. Not to mention the fact that the PX's or BX's make so much money off of that cheesy # that they will shell it out
like candy on Halloween. You want to show support and we get that, we truly do. However, after a while it's time to wise up and say "How much is too
I have witnessed women like her YELLING at men and women in uniform for seemingly no reason whatsoever. Don't salute an officer's wife at the gate
and she acts like you have disrespected her husband. Don't hold the door open because you don't see someone's girlfriend and they act like you
should be given an Article 15 for disrespect. I am zeroing in on women here because women are the main culprits in these activities. If you ever see
one of these wild, entitled, persnickety wastes of space ridiculing a service member, repeat after me....
"What have you done for your country? When is the last time you went 5 days without a shower or any running water? When is the last time you were
woken up by mortars? When did you spend 13 months away from your home, friends and family to hang out in a desert with #ty wifi connection and no
access to modern day commodities? When was the last time you had to watch people being torn apart limb by limb? When did you last strap 80lbs to your
back and travel for 80 miles only to be fired at with an RPG and watch your best friend lose his legs? Oh you haven't? Well forgive me for confusing
someone who actually matters with someone who is such a profound and incomprehensible moron. The men and women who serve this country have earned my
respect, not the people who are just their # puppets."
Okay, maybe not all of that but at least remind them that they do not have a right to tell anyone in a uniform what to do just the same as students
cannot tell teachers how to teach. Morale of the story, I am triggered by military wives with a sense of self entitlement. Please know that I am
speaking from things I have witnessed and not pointing fingers at anyone individually. Yet, if you are a service member's
wife/girlfriend/husband/boyfriend and you have said things like this.....stop it.