Saturday, May 19, 2007

Community

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.

6 comments:

chichimama said...

My sister and her husband have always lived off base too, and she says the same thing. And she too hate her ID...

Vicky said...

Funny how your life and mine seem to go in tandem at times - I have just come back from a BBQ with my husband's camp colleagues. Only ours was held in the pouring, driving rain! The kids were soaked to the underwear but it was such fun! The soldiers are SO kind to the kids, they roughhouse with them constantly yet are gentle(ish!) and very tolerant of them.

chelle said...

hehe my ID pictures always turn out horrible so I can relate!

Laura said...

i am the same way about id photos....hate my hospital id and no they won't let me have a do over, hate my cotco card and everytime i "lose" it the new result is worse.
i have managed to keep my drivers ;icense photo for 11 years now....i look hot in that one. who ares i am more than ten years older and ten pounds heavier and it shows. i will bribe any goernment official to keep it. but i hear that next year i have no choice and will have to have it retaken...damn!

Gina said...

"Hungry maw" made me laugh.

Pendullum said...

I hate getting ID shots... I always look like a criminal...
But the day leading up to the ID photo sounds like alot of fun...