Disclaimer: Everything I say here is my opinion. You don't have to agree with it. It's my blog, so I do what I want!
Let's talk about the "Marine wife, toughest job in the Corps" thing.
I will confess, I have the key-chain. I didn't buy it for myself. The Husband brought it home for me over a leave block right around the same time the post wedding, fear of the unknown, adjusting to my birth-control hormone breakdown happened. I've had it ever since just because it was a gift from him and it's another thing I like having with me. It's kind of like a security blanket.
However... there's a reason why I'll never buy something with that for myself, though. If I lose the key-chain, I won't replace it.
Because being the wife is NOT the toughest job in the Corps, contrary to popular belief.
I understand that the waiting and the not knowing is hard, trust me. I've experienced those nights wondering where The Husband is and if he's safe while deployed. I've been lonely. I've been pissed off. I've been annoyed.
I've been there!
However... ask me when the last time I was up before 8 was. Ask me when was the last time I slept in a Conex box for 7 months (or ever, for that matter). Ask me about the last time I patrolled in an active war zone, the last time I trained harder than I've ever trained before, the last time I filled out a will...
The answer to all of those questions is "Never", by the way.
I think I have it pretty easy and comparing my "job" as a spouse to my husband's job as a Marine trivializes his job. And I can't do that.