FM’s Battalion has been awaiting the arrival of the new Chaplain. In the Army, regardless of each Chaplain’s denomination, they serve all soldiers even those who may be agnostic, atheist or Wiccan. It’s a really tough job especially when there are 800 soldiers involved.
When I heard the Chaplain had 6 children and one on the way, I pretty much wrote off any chance his spouse would be participating in any of the Battalion social events. And rightly so. No way would I begrudge her not participating because, if I had 6 children under the age of 11 years old, NO WAY would I have any energy left for socializing.
Much to my surprise and delight, they both attended the Formal Ball we had last week AND they were both at the Hail and Farewell on Thursday. She looks fabulous, has lots of energy and, to be perfectly honest, had me in complete awe! This couple is still living in temporary housing (a hotel) and yet not once, at either event, did I get even a hint of martyrdom. Really impressive.
The Hail and Farewell is a monthly dinner to welcome and say goodbye to those in the Battalion. When a new person is being “hailed”, FM says a little something about where they just came from, hobbies, family life, etc. When he introduced the Chaplain and his wife, FM said he had the original number of children wrong, they have seven children already and number eight is on the way! Wait a minute…not just seven children ~ they have seven BOYS!! And a little girl on the way. Isn’t that wonderful!?!
Now I can’t help but wonder what the heck I’m doing with all my extra time…