To outsiders, military spouse friendship may seem like a run of the mill friendship.
But the truth is you spend forever looking for a new best friend, then you fall hard and fast, and then—as happens with any tragedy—you are ripped apart by PCS orders and spend the rest of your lives hoping you’ll land in the same duty station.
Never happens, but a milspouse can dream right?!
Here are 13 GIFs that perfectly explain the bittersweet agony and joy of military spouse friendship…
Stage 1: When you first move to a new duty station and have zero friends.
Stage 2: The moment you attend a spouses’ event and realize you’re not on the “in crowd.”
Stage 3: When you ask another spouse for her number, but don’t want to be too overbearing.
Stage 4: The day you make a new friend but instantly regret it. She’s not really your type.
Stage 5: Eventually you resign to the fact that finding your new milspouse bestie is the equivalent to one bad blind date after the next.
Stage 6: Then you give up on making friends.
Stage 7: You stalk Facebook and every social media channel you can to find out what all your long-distance friends are doing.
Stage 8: Woot! You finally make one friend!
Stage 9: When your ONE new friend moves away a week later.
Stage 10: After about 2 years, you make ALL THE FRIENDS.
Stage 11: Then all of a sudden new people start showing up everywhere.
Stage 12: You get orders to PCS to opposite ends of the Earth from all your friends. You knew this was going to happen.
Stage 13: You fight saying goodbye every step of the way. Must. Hold. It. Together.
Stage 14: But then you finally succumb and have a big giant meltdown.
Stage 15: Repeat until (what feels like) the end of time 🙂 The agony. The joy.
Military spouse friendships are some of the best friends you’ll meet in your whole life, have your back in under 5 seconds, and stay connected despite the distance.
Despite all the challenges, they are worth every moment spent together. Share this with your milspouse friends and let them know.