Sometimes you find a friend that sticks around for 5 minutes. Sometimes you find a friend that will tell you they have your back until you realize they’re the one that stabbed you. Not often enough in life we find that one friend. That one that no matter how much time or distance life has put between the two of you, they still manage to be there when you need them the most.
The words United States Marine has entirely different meaning to actual Marines. We don’t see them like they see each other. We don’t even understand them. They are brothers. Life through some pretty great things at them and then it decided to throw some pretty shitty things at them but no matter the time, place, or distance that band of brothers are there.
My husband and his best friend are those “life brothers”. Ya know, the kind of brother that your parents didn’t give you but your life did.
A few weeks ago, my husband injured his knee. It put him out of work and on crutches. There wasn’t much he could do other than sit around and put a butt dent in my couch. He sat there forEVER! As the days went on, he got angry. Then sad. Then angry, again. I was at a loss. The longer he sits around the quicker the memories take hold of him. The PTSD was raging a war with my love again and I couldn’t watch it anymore. I had to do something.
I knew just what to do. It was spare of the moment but I reached out to his friends wife and she suggested trying to convince him to take a trip to visit them. It was definitely a doable trip, but getting the husband off the couch was going to be the hard part.
As soon as I mentioned his name, He was ready to go. That trip was the answer to my prayers. It was like they hadn’t gone a day without seeing one another. It actually had been nearly four years. My husband needed that. He needed the friend that knew what he was going through. The one who had been standing beside him during those shitty times.
We are back at home and it is like he’s a new man. The battery is fully charged again. He’s happy. I cannot thank those two enough for inviting us into their home and being there when he was needing them. You may not think you’ve done anything but this isn’t the first time you’ve saved him.