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Navy Birthday Ball…fun? Well…funny, anyway

I’ll be moving various notes, articles, and miscellaneous thoughts to this blog in the next few days. Here is something from October 2010.

My sister reminded me today is the US Navy’s birthday. (Happy Birthday!) This brought back memories of the one time I attended the Navy Day Ball–while DH was overseas.

DH and I had only been married about five weeks when he had to go to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Desert Shield. You have never seen such a mizzable girl as I was–in a new home, in a new state but without  my new husband. Of course, the Navy has support groups available, and I met some lovely women there (Hello, Becky!) DH’s commander invited each Navy wife whose husband was deployed to attend the Birthday Ball as his guest. Well, it was better than sitting at home feeling sorry for myself, so I went.

At our table, to help keep us company, was a young seaman who was already on my list (not the good one. Nothing major, just a bad case of him not knowing when to keep quiet.) Anyway, the Ball progressed–dinner, music, toasts–all very traditional because the Navy is very  big on traditions. Then came the dancing. You can well imagine how little interest I had in dancing. My seaman (yes, the one on the list–not the good one) turned to me and asked, “Would you like to dance?” I didn’t really want to be rude and say what I was thinking, which was “not with you.”  While I was turning my mind to a more socially acceptable response, he continued, “Cause I’ll find somebody to dance with you.”

😀

So, yes it was worth it to attend the Navy Birthday Ball while DH was overseas, because every time I’ve thought of this in the last 20 years, I had a really good laugh over it.