Every military spouse dreads it, as I’m sure so does every military member. The curse is stronger than Murphy’s Law. It goes a little something like this…If the military member is away things will go wrong and usually too bad for the spouse back home to handle alone.
Zed has been away for a week now and has about another week or two away. Zed’s Mom is helping out and Mia and Ana are out at the ranch. Saturday I woke up to Dax screaming “Momma! I’m dirty! Help!” I walk into his room to see he’s removed his diaper and has peed all over his bed. No big deal, I started up a bath and started a load of washed (It was time for his sheets to be washed anyway). Zoe hears us moving around and wakes up herself. I go in and notice a horrible smell. She has had a blowout and there is poop everywhere. Again, no big deal…the tub is already ready and I pause Dax’s sheets and add Zoe’s. We had a pretty boring rest of the day and enjoyed a visit from my cousin who lives in Alaska.
Sunday I wake up to Zoe screaming and she had now peed out…time for another load of laundry. I go to start a bath and there’s no hot water. I check the other faucets…no hot water. I just the breakers, all normal there. I check our hot water heater and it says blower prover open, call a technician. So like any good millennium I went to Facebook asking for help and it came flooding in. We have such an amazing support system here in Oklahoma and will be sad to leave it (just got word this will be happening in September). We go to church and when we return someone is waiting to check out the water heater. He says it needs a new switch, easy fix. I’m happy because the temperature is supposed to go below freezing on Tuesday night.
I then talk to the men from Right of Way who are clearing the gas line and ask why there are three trucks and 12 men rather than one truck and four men. Their skid steer got stuck in the back of our property an they have to tow it out. Turns out the skid steer backed down into the creek. Tow truck (big enough to pull a semi) shows up and drives over our lawn to pull the guy out. Going in…no concerns with our yard. Coming out was a different story. The tow truck got stuck for a moment driving out, leaving bare patches and 6in deep ruts. The guys were super nice and will work something out once Zed gets home.
Today brought a new ball of fun. I dropped the kids off, worked out, then headed to the gym to shower and change. Wouldn’t you know it…they were out of hot water too. Good thing there is more than one gym. Shower change and realize I forgot my hat, belt, and blousing straps at home. Belt, not a huge deal. Blousing straps, I used hair ties to supplement. Hat, I drove home to get it. I finally make it in to work to find out the daycare is without heat and I need to pick up the kiddos. Get the kids, go home, and we all took a much needed nap. Our friend from church comes back over, cleans out the hose on the hot water heater, changes the switch out…still no luck. He calls the company and we learn we need a new blower motor aka not so cheap fix anymore. They look up our unit and wouldn’t you know it, it’s still under warranty! They order the new motor and it will be to us on Wednesday. I check the temp again and it’s now not supposed to freeze until Wednesday night. Good news all around.
So the curse. It always strikes while the service member is away, but there is always a support system for the home spouse to rely on. For all of you who helped us out or are still helping out, I thank you and am so blessed to have you as part of what we call the military family!