14 January 2012

i'm grateful for . . . 'reconnecting'

Greetings all,
This time of year is always special for we Army wives . . . we have just moved to a new city or stayed put for the year, either way, we start reuniting & reconnecting with dear old friends, neighbours & school mums after a few postings. 
 In the past week i have met up with one of my favourite mummies from Darwin, her husband has just deployed for Afghanistan; our fantastic old neighbours from Sydney emailed me from Brisbane, they have had twins; my husband's great mate from cadets has moved to Canberra, 27 years of friendship; my darling friend who used to help me cut fabric in the height of my business, rang from Darwin, she just bought a new home; & my darling 3rd girl ALWAYS makes best friends with girls who move interstate or overseas - she's just met up with her 1st grade best friend & when school resumes, her 2nd grade best friend is back from America.  We've also run into other old school friends at the pool.
 While i've been ignoring blogland (sorry, i love you, i'll be back over at your blogs as soon) i've met up with a gorgeous new bunch of bloggers too.  It's always fun to meet people you have had a bloggie relationship with, in the flesh.  My children gasp "oh, not another 'virtual friend' Mum".  Always welcoming when you bump into people in the street (not randomly, but outside the meeting place) & they look at me & the children . . . "you must be Posie".  Hell yeah, you guys are so much fun, in blogs & real life!!
I'll be realistic, not all Army wives are my kind of people.  There are plenty of rough & scary types + the ones who use their husband's rank as some kind of badge of superiority.  Imagine my delight at one particularly awful one dropping the C & F words at a Tupperware party with young children present, yep, she was the demonstrator . . . i am very glad to rid those warthogs from my life.  As i have somehow managed to never attend a single Sergeant's Mess Function (this is highly rare for a Warrant Officer's wife) i tend to make a couple of very good friends each posting & remain in contact with them.  Those ladies know me, i love & adore them, like old school friends, they are not light situational friends, but the real deal & i'm blessed with a dozen of them.  You ladies rock.  I do love not having to start from scratch with 'my story' & they get me, as they're living the same life!!  We've been through cyclones, deployments, childbirth & moves together. 
This week's new KidSpot i'm grateful for 'reconnecting' with some fabulous new/ old ladies in my life, who i have for a couple of borrowed years, i'm so lucky.  Love Posie

23 comments:

Sally said...

I'm assuming she wasn't saying that the Tupperware was Cuntalicious! (my positive reclaiming the word back feminist verision!)

Posie Patchwork said...

Ha ha Sally!! Look, i'm all for not giving those words any more power - they are JUST words, awful ones for the preschool set to hear. She was REVOLTING. She was actually telling us a delightful tale about her neighbour, who was shockingly, worse than her, a whole new level of repulsion. Needless to say, i avoided this woman, she screamed & was so awful to her children, her step son, the way she spoke about her husband, all things i loathe. Then there were the tattoos across her boobs, tiger striped hair colours, she was not a slim lady yet mini skirts were her favourite clothing item, she drank to get drunk & smoked, around the children, say no more, glad she disappeared from my life & son's preschool, not a moment too soon. 4 years ago & the thought of her still makes me wonder if she's on a DOCs poster?? Hmmm, takes all types, apparently these soldiers will marry anyone, poor things, love Posie

lou lou said...

Hi Miss Posie

it is great to connect with old friends isn't it.

I am wishing you a year ahead of lots of meet up with mr handsome and you and your children to have a lovely year ahead.
May your mum and dad have a trouble free year as much as possible too.


Have a wonderful day,

loulou, from hereiamloulou blog

x

Trash said...

We used to call those kind of women 'bosvarks'. It is Afrikaans for bushpig. In the UK 'Munters' seems to be a term of choice. Aaah the joy of multi-lingual insults.

Mum on the Run said...

So much to be grateful for (and a small few to avoid!!).
:-)

The Provincial Homemaker said...

Hi Posie, glad you have been enjoying some reunions. DH and I were just discussing how hard it is to move in December/January when everything is on break so you have to wait until February to meet new people and for kid stuff to restart. That said, Darwin is so friendly - I have had a conversation with the people in the queue every time I have been to the supermarket.

the old boathouse said...

Oh I had a chuckle, you sound like my mum, the army wife also. She would so agree with all you said. It was so lovely to meet you and your kiddies at Thea's xx

Jen R said...

How lovely to catch up with old friends you like and the warthogs leave...yay

Maxabella said...

Your insights into 'army wifedom' are always so interesting (and entertaining), Posie. Reconnecting each year sounds like a fun thing to be a part of (although I'm sure the 'disconnecting' bit that goes with that is not). x

Jan-Maree said...

When yo make a good friend in military life that is a friend for life I find. Glad you have been able to reconnect - that is always great. Enjoy the rest of the hols.

ally said...

Oh Jennie- I'm like your daughter-always befriending the next to leave!!!
Lovely gratefuls- I am very grateful fr 10 minutes of blog time tonight but even more grateful for a brilliant summer holiday (but not so much the enforced boggy break)
xxx

fee @ chipper nelly said...

'warthog' - love it!
'cuntalicious' - too funny.
Just hope that fact that it features in your comments won't affect the kind of people who find you through some kind of keyword search (I know this from blogging about 'wet chicks'....well, doh!)
fee ♥

fee @ chipper nelly said...

ps feeling the need to point out that we had some real baby chickens incubating at the time....
now worried that I've put w%t Ch#c&s in your blog!!! f x

Posie Patchwork said...

Always up for a new following ladies, remember 'amateur anal probes' is one of my key search words, ANYTHING is possible on how freaks find you!! Love Posie

Pieces of Sunshine said...

It's great that you do manage to find and keep friend who make a difference, and your children also.

{ Vintage by LOU LOU } said...

Had a chuckle at the tupperware lady...and interesting to read others comments on it too. I hope you have a wonderful 2012 and congrats on your previous "500 blogposts" xx

TexWisGirl said...

sounds like you are indeed lifelines to one another! :)

mel @ loved said...

Lucky you to have so many wonderful people in your life, a blessing absolutely! X

Lynley said...

I hear you - about the reconnecting that is, not so much the warthogs - if there's one thing I've learned in these posting jobs it's that with proper friends you can just pick up where you left off. Especially now I'm getting OLD and time is starting to telescope!

A Room For Everyone said...

I have some understanding of what you're saying. My mother's group were almost all military wives and you really do have unique lives. I'm not sure I could do it. You're a tough, courageous lot. Rachael xx

Tiff said...

Congrats on the fab 500th blog! It is so wonderful to catch up with like minded cronies, specially the bloggy kind as they get what the whole bloggy thing is about! I think you army wives are so amazing, you are so strong and have great family values, so a big cheers to you all! X

polkadotpeticoat said...

Your so special and you rock Momma!

Mum_of_2girls said...

I was a army kid not for long for my dad past away. But i do remember all the moves and new friends. It is nice to read how you have turned it around to be so positive for it is easy to see the negative in moving alot.