MILSPOUSE and Other Abbreviations

One of the greatest things about being published in Reader’s Digest has been the number of people who have come straight out of the woodwork to publicize my blog, which in turn highlights the military spouse community that sacrifices and makes sacrifice possible. Military spouses are so often the unsung heroes. When there are moments for recognition, it’s really great to make a connection with the civilian community. Secondary to being a journal for my kids, my writing has always been about that. Understanding what we do, how we feel, and how similar we all really are to our civilian counterparts.

Just last night at a Christmas party one of my friends asked me, “so, are things back to normal?” I laughed. “It’s better every day” is the best response to that question. But every time it’s asked, it’s an opportunity for me to do one of two things: complain or explain. I’ve known so many military spouses who I’ve seen exhibit the grace and patience to explain, and I’ve always respected that. As MILSPOUSES, we seem to limit our complaining amongst each other, amongst those who understand that you sometimes reach your limit but that you’re going to pick yourself up again and deal with it. Any minute, now.

All of that to say that last week I had a chance to talk with a morning show co-host at a station in New York who read about me in Reader’s Digest, and I was able to explain deployment and mobilization, and explain rather than complain. Richie is really an amazing interviewer, and I think you’ll enjoy listening. If you’ve ever wondered where the name “Witty Little Secret” came from, or what my voice actually sounds like, check it out. I hope you enjoy listening to this interview as much as I enjoyed talking with Richie. Thanks WGNA, and thanks Richie for taking an interest in the military spouse community.

Sean and Richie Morning Show

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Big Al
    Dec 16, 2011 @ 16:52:57

    Awesome, Lori. Not at all surprising to hear you are so well-spoken. Having followed your blog for so long it almost felt like listening to a family member being interviewed.


  2. deyank
    Dec 16, 2011 @ 07:47:32

    Something is messed up on the WGNA page. I was unable to comment as ‘Facebook’ because it kept kicking me off as ‘not logged in’ – even though I was and did so multiple times.

    A great interview, Lori. Very nice to actually hear you instead of reading. You did very well explaining things to him. I’ve always had troubles explaining military things to non-military. You ought to be working at the PIO; but, you do so well right from here.


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