Today is Military Spouses Appreciation Day. Since 1984, it has been the Friday before Mother’s Day. Do a quick Google search and take 1 guess who this day is marketed toward.
I’ll give you a hint; it’s not my loving and supportive husband.
It’s not anyone’s husband.
It seems to be just for the ladies. I mean, hello, it’s the Friday before MOTHER’S DAY. There are special deals on jewelry and flowers, some places give free coffee, some bases give free Zumba classes that day. It’s all for the women.
Now, I am not just your run-of-the-mill military member. I am also a spouse. Am I really to expect all the praise from being a military spouse 2 days before I get more praise for being a mom? Yes, I know not all military wives are moms. Which is another reason why this day is absolutely ridiculous! The timing of this “holiday” really lets the men capitalize on all the Mother’s Day deals, even if they don’t have kids.
When I told my husband that Friday was a day of appreciation, he asked me “Oh, whatcha buying me?” Is this even a gift-giving holiday? What should I get my husband? A bouquet of flowers too? I’m sure he’d love that. (He really wouldn’t care) I’m sure President Reagan had a kind heart and mind when he declared this to be a holiday but really, the timing of it all and the fact that there is basically no inclusion of all the husbands “serving” as military spouses is obnoxious.
Does anyone else think this appreciation day is a little stereotypical? Did you even think about it?