We have lived off base and have for my husband's entire career. This has left us somewhat disconnected with the community that is the military. When ever we do attend a military function I am always amazed at the sense of family I feel.
Today we attended a Luau/fishing derby on base. I also needed a new I.D., so we were killing two birds with one stone. My husband took Evan up with him to the grill while I stayed back with Harry trying to keep him entertained until food came so that his hungry maw could be stuffed. There were two guys chatting at the table. One saw that Harry was eying his hot dog and offered up some of it for him. He then proceeded to engage me in conversation. I don't think that there are many instances in the "real world" where perfect strangers would be this kind or genuinely interested in perfect strangers. I am not sure that many civilian work places would have the same camaraderie that the military seems to have in great abundance.
On a different note, I hate my I.D. picture with a passion. They always seem to turn out horrible, but this one tops all the others. My hair looks crappy, I have a zit on my chin and my smile looks awful. Hopefully my husband will make rank soon so I can get a new one done. Next time I am going to plan ahead and have someone go my makeup and hair. That will take care of the two worst offenders.