Tuesday, July 2, 2013

A military-wife's dilemma

This afternoon I braved the Commissary -- shortly after payday and just before a major holiday. Perhaps not one of my brightest moments.

I left the Commissary with two carts of groceries and tipped the bagger who had painstakingly arranged all of my bags in the back of my van. I looked at the clock. 4:55.

It only takes about a minute to get from the Commissary to the nearest gate. I had intended to go out the gate on the other side of the base because it's just a bit quicker to get home. That other gate is roughly five minutes from the Commissary.

At 5:00, all traffic will completely stop while the National Anthem is broadcast over the loudspeakers on base.

I decided to go to the gate that was further away. I wouldn't mind being delayed for a few minutes to listen to The Star Spangled Banner.

As it turned out, I made it through the gate just seconds before the music started. When I glanced back in my rearview mirror, I saw a member of the security forces standing at attention in the middle of the road at the gate I had just driven through.

I was a bit sad that I didn't get to hear the music today.

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  1. Ha, ha, that is my life, too! We also braved the commissary today, against my better judgment. It wasn't too bad, though!! :-)

  2. I hope you all are staying safe with the heat and wildfires. (I know they and you are in Arizona but I'm not sure where) God Bless You all.

  3. Ahhhhh, that brings back good memories. I miss living on base! Happy 4th!



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