The Military Wife
The good Lord was creating a model for military wives and was into His
sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared. She said, "Lord, you seem
to be having a lot of trouble with this one. What's wrong with the
standard model?" The Lord replied, "Have you seen the specs on this
order? She has to be completely independent, possess the qualities of
both father and mother, be a perfect hostess to four or forty with an
hour's notice, run on black coffee, handle every emergency imaginable
without a manual, be able to carry on cheerfully, even if she is
pregnant and has the flu, and she must be willing to move to a new
location ten times in seventeen years. And, oh yes, she must have six
pairs of hands!"
The angel shook her head, "Six pairs of hands? No way." The Lord
continued, "Don't worry, I will make other military wives to help her.
I will give her an unusually strong heart so it can swell with pride
in her husband's achievements, sustain the pain of separations, beat
soundly when it is overworked and tired, and be large enough to say,
"I understand" when she doesn't and say "I love you", regardless."
"Lord," said the angel, touching his arm gently. "Go to bed and get
some rest. You can finish this tomorrow." "I can't stop now," said
the Lord. "I am so close to creating something unique. Already this
model heals herself when she is sick, can put up six unexpected guests
for the weekend, wave goodbye to her husband from a pier, a runway or
a depot, and understand why it's important that he leave." The angel
circled the model of the military wife, looked at it closely and sighed,
"It looks fine, but it's too soft."
"She might look soft," replied the Lord. "But she has the strength of
a lion. You would not believe what she can endure." Finally the angel
bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the Lord's creation.
"There's a leak." she announced. "Something is wrong with the construction.
I am not surprised that it has cracked. You are trying to put too much
into this model." The Lord appeared offended at the angel's lack of
confidence. "What you see is not a leak." He said. "It's a tear."
"A tear? What is it there for?" asked the angel. The Lord replied,
"It's for joy, sadness, pain, disappointment, loneliness, pride, and a
dedication to all the values that she and her husband hold dear."
"You are a genius!" exclaimed the angel. The Lord looked puzzled and
"I didn't put it there."
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