And welcome to the Valentine’s Day edition of the Mil Spouse Blog Swap!
Thanks Mrs. Muffins for the button! I wanted to plan something fun for the day so I organized a little blog swap with some of my fellow mil spouse bloggers. Basically, we’re all switching blogs for the day, guest posting about all things Valentine. Check out the participants in the linky below!
You can find my V-day post over at A Little Pink in a World of Camo with the always awe-inspiring Mrs. P.
Who is my guest blogger today? I was thrilled when I picked this blogger’s name out of my hat. To the Nth is one of the 1st mil spouse blogs I ever read. She’s a Navy spouse, a search-and-rescue aircrew volunteer, a cat-lover, an incredible writer, and a new addition to the SpouseBuzz team (check out her SpouseBuzz bio and her 1st SpouseBuzz post…she’s amazing!). I’m so excited to welcome her as the 1st ever guest blogger on Riding the Roller Coaster! So without further adieu, To the Nth…
Wait. Scratch that “dignity” bit.
Valentine is one of our two tabby cats, rescued from the local shelter shortly after my husband Sampson and I PCSed to Virginia in 2008. I had grown up with feline companions in residence, while the allergies of Sampson’s father and sister kept his childhood home a fur-free zone. As Sampson himself did not share the itchy-eye affliction, I made no secret of the fact that I longed to have cats of our own.
My husband indulged my wish, though perhaps without understanding fully why having pets was so important to me. A long-awaited visit to the shelter led us to five-month-old siblings “Dolce” and “Gabbana,” whose unfortunate names we promptly changed to “Vera” and “Valentine” in furry homage to some of our favorite science fiction pieces. Sampson thought they were cute, certainly, and that their kitten antics were amusing, but having animals in the house was still out of the ordinary for him.
A few months later, though, when Sampson and I were taking a walk around the neighborhood to enjoy the pleasant temperature, he observed that something had changed. “You know, I can’t imagine not having the cats. It feels like they’ve been with us forever.” Continuing down that line of thought, he remarked, “It makes me feel better about having kids someday, knowing that a new creature can become part of the family just like that.”
In our house, every day is (Vera and) Valentine’s Day.