#WhatsYourNumbers

The Silent Support Army; A Series about my life as a War Veteran’s Wife

So many stories, such little time. For the past few months I have share some of those stories with you. Stories of my life as War Veteran’s wife and although I am but a mere cadet in the tenure of Defence Wifedom, I have built quite a memory bank of stories in my five short years. I realise that there are always those worst off than I and when it comes to being a military family there has never been a truer word spoken. In the grand scheme of things I’ve gotten out of the past few years with only a few minor cuts and abrasions none the less, as 2017 comes to a close I wanted to stand in solidarity with my fellow Australian Defence Force (ADF) Families and share my numbers with you.

It Is Frequent and It Is Relentless

We’re all different. All families in our own right but part of a much bigger ADF family. What makes us a family is the common thread the ties us together. Whether it is one family member serving or two, whether it is Mum or Dad, or Mum and Dad or a brother or sister, time spent apart is common, it is frequent and it is relentless. The nights are followed by hollow days where I am thankful that I have my own career to focus on and regular catch ups with my posse keep me from answering my own questions.

For those that serve, every year is different. Sometimes their job will take them away for a night; sometimes it will take them away for 300 nights. Some nights they physically lay beside you but yearn to be with their mates on the high seas or ‘digging in’ to protect the freedom we have grown to love.

This year I want to give thanks to those that serve and to the families that support them. Although we are acknowledged publicly at national events, it is closer to home, through their units, ships companies and wings that we share, and draw, our strength. We are your greatest supporters and although we do no fight along side you, as families, we to serve our nation.

So, to close out the year for the Silent Support Army, I wanted to share my numbers with you. This is what 2017 meant for me.

My love transferred from Australian Army to Royal Australian Navy on the 8 August 2016. This is what followed.

  • Number of days since my love transferred to the Navy………………………….489
  • Number of days I have seen him since 8:8:16………………………………………….132
  • Longest number of uninterrupted days of without seeing him……………… 42
  • Longest number of uninterrupted days without comms……………………………6
  • Number of hours spent driving to see each other…………………………………..417
  • Kilometres driven to be together…………………………………………………………40,085
  • Nautical Miles travelled in a plane………………………………………………………10,787
  • Nautical Miles travelled in a ship………………………………………………………..11,854
  • Cost of phone calls…………………………………………………………………………………$4,420
  • Cost of fuel……………………………………………………………………………………………..$2,747

and this is just what I can think of off the top of my head.

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I’d love to hear your numbers, post away either here at www.shewrites.co or on the shewrites.co Facebook page or on Instagram. Hashtag the hell out of that! #whatsyournumbers. Let’s band together as Defence families, across cores, across streams, across countries and across the globe and share our defence family numbers.

#whatsyournumbers

I’m off to make some more memories and write stories to share. Have a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday season my friends.

Kim x

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