Most of you have heard of the TV show “Army Wives” on Lifetime. It is a total “girly” show, and not the kind of show I normally watch. I originally started watching it, because I wanted to see how we were going to be portrayed. Then I would sit each week and pick apart the things that were not accurate.
Week #1 – you aren’t going to get married over the weekend, and move into Army Housing on Monday (Roxie, Trevor & kids.) Ain’t happening!
You know…all those “just for TV” artistic license things.
Now that the next season is gearing up to start, I am seeing lots of people complaining how the cast has changed so much, that there are only a couple original characters left.
Welcome to Army Life.
When I was a brand new Army Wife in 1991 (yep, that long ago) my hubby and I moved into an apartment, and I met my first army wife – making my first “army wife friend.”
2 years later, she moved to Germany.
3 months after that, we moved to Texas.
And we started all over again. We moved into a new home, we got settled into a new community, and made new friends…and 1 year later…we did it again. And a year after that. And then 5 months after that! And so on.
This IS Army Life.
When I first started watching the show, I wondered how they were going to handle the whole PCS thing. For you non-military folks….that’s a Permanent Change of Station. A military move. We ALL do it. There is no getting around it. Sometimes there is an anomaly…like us staying at Fort Bragg, North Carolina for an unheard of 12 years straight. But on average, every military family tears up their roots and starts all over again every 2-3 years. New homes, new communities, new schools for many, and new everything. So after the first season or so, when one character had orders, and then didn’t, I thought, Hmmmm. But then Pamela left. And now Roxie and others.
Again… This IS Army Life.
So while viewers may complain that their favorite characters are gone…real Army wives are lamenting their real best friend moving to Germany. Or their son’s real best friend moving to Alaska. Or their daughter’s real best friend moving to North Carolina. Over, and over, and over again.
The fact that the cast of Army Wives is changing, makes it a much more accurate depiction of what real Army Wives go through all the time.
Honestly, I appreciate that bit of accuracy.
Thank you Army Wives!