i love to learn. i always have. and, while my mind has taken a bit of an education-vacation in the last two months, i’ve still managed to learn a lot. i’m hoping that this can be a bit of insight for you into my new life, and david’s, in san diego.
david: FC2PO = fire controlman 2nd class petty officer. that’s his rate (job) and rank. for those familiar with the broader ranking system, he’s an E5. he works with the self-defense weapons computers on the ship. and he’s really good at it. he’s been in the navy just a few days over 4 years, and he has just a few days less than 2 years left. he’s currently stationed on CVN-70, the USS Carl Vinson. it’s a nuclear powered aircraft carrier, nimitz-class. it just recently changed home-ports from norfolk, va to san diego, ca.
me: i’m a newbie navy wife, and blindly feeling my way around the maze of terms and customs. going (and deciding to never go again) to an frg (family readiness group) meeting. learning that when david says something about “casualties,” it most likely has nothing to do with loss-of-life, but refers to a broken something-or-other in the work station. i’m realizing i’ll never ever get used to him leaving and coming home again. and i’m figuring out how to navigate a new town, befriend other navy wives, and feel at home in an empty house.
while the journey has already been harder than i have admitted to anyone besides myself, i know that i’d rather be where i am in life than anywhere else. learning the ropes (oh, that pun was GOOD) is necessary, but also deeply meaningful. more than anything, i’m discovering what it means to truly invest in someone else’s life and needs.
and maybe soon i’ll have a job of my own that i’ll learn from or an opportunity to work towards a career goal, butfor now i’ll keep taking my lessons from my sailor, his ship, and my dear navy friends. because, while learning a new language (navy-speak) won’t help me much later on in life, the other skills i’m developing are essential to living a healthy life here and anywhere else in the world.