My relationship with the other Minot chapel spouses was unique. Never before, nor since, have I experienced such a close-knit community of women whose husbands work in the chapel.
When I first got to our current assignment at Keesler Air Force Base, the spouses – both enlisted and officer, did not even know each other. At an event shortly after arriving, the spouses were introducing themselves to each other and most of them were not new. “How long has it been since the chapel family got together like this?” I asked one spouse.
“I don’t know, Christmas maybe?” was the reply. Christmas! Nine months ago! That was ridiculous.
In Minot, we met at least once a month to do a craft or have lunch or something to keep us together. But beyond that formal gathering, we could be found in town shopping, or at a craft fair all together. Some of us also went to the gym together, out to lunch together and on any given Friday night could be found at the Officer’s Club with our hubbies. We were together so much people would ask where one of us was if we were not all in attendance at a function.
It is important to make these connections with the spouses in your husband’s squadron. The closer we are, the more we can help each other out in tough times. I appreciated these women mentoring me and getting to mentor others. I appreciated their support, their kindness and caring and their friendship. Many of us are still friends today.
At other bases, we were close, but nothing like my Minot experience. I will never forget what it was like when a team came together to play and pray.