I don’t rightly know for sure what my husband does for a living. I mean, I know it involves flying helicopters and the occasional feeding of a 9 foot python but for the most part I haven’t any clue about his daily business. It isn’t that I’m not interested, it’s just that I don’t get what he’s telling me. Everything is an acronym and he talks like I know what every acronym means but I don’t so I just stare at him and think to myself that PT means potty training and what on earth are they doing over there that would involve training somebody to use the potty anyway? Then I remember that the government runs this crap and yeah that sounds about par.

Conversations with people curious about Rabbit’s job usually go something like this.

Them: So what does your husband do for a living?
Me: He flies helicopters.
Them: Like he flies, flies them?
Me: I guess so. He’s a pilot.
Them: Does he fly a black hawk or something?
Me: Um… He wears a green flight suit.

NATOPS has been such a huge part of our life for the last 3 years and I don’t even know what the heck it is! I’m pretty sure the N stands for Navy and the A stands for Absurd but whatever the rest of it stands for…
Lets just say I’m somewhat less-than-good at remembering stuff.
Seriously, I can’t even recall which squadron the man’s in without looking at the green Christmas ornament sitting on the counter. It’s got a serpent on it and you all know how much I love serpents. Not. At. All. Plus, it’s wearing a flight jacket and that’s just creepy.

And yesterday I got a voice mail from the wives club and had no idea what the gal was talking about at first because for some reason I wasn’t relating it to my husband’s job. I thought some random person was calling me to welcome me into some club that I didn’t join and I was sure it was a conspiracy put on by the government to infiltrate my family and ruin us.

It was weird. Or I’m weird. Yeah. It was probably that.

P.S. Rabbit is Ryan’s call sign – a nickname every one of these guys get after they become a pilot. It started out as Big Love but they changed it and that was probably a good thing because as it turns out Big Love is a HBO show about Mormon polygamy and some guys thought that would be humorous but it wasn’t really because we’re not Mormon nor polygamists. At least not that I’m aware of. You can probably guess why they though Rabbit was more fitting and rabbits mate for life and that’s pretty okay with me. So, if I’m talking about the Rabbit just assume I’m talking about my husband. Just so you don’t get confused.

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