Enduring Spouse Pin
I was presented my Enduring Spouse Pin last October.
I was covering an event at the Pembroke Legion where a number of local politicians were in attendance. I had just finished snapping a group photo of the all the dignitaries and I was asking Member of Parliament Cheryl Gallant a few questions when she asked me whether she had ever presented me with anything.
Puzzled, I said no. Like a magician she reached in to her bag and pulled out a pretty pink pin and spontaneously presented it to me. At the time I was really sick and should have been home in bed, but deadlines being deadlines I had to cover the event.
Gallant created the pin in 2007, which I had never heard of and I live in her riding. In this issue you can read Laura Keller’s article about it. She interviewed the Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MP about the pin and what inspired her to have it created. The article also features feedback from a few military spouses about the pin. For me, I thought it was kind gesture, nothing more, nothing less.
Recently the acclaimed documentary If I Should Fall: A True Story of the Afghan War Experience was released on DVD. Laura Earl-Middleton interviews producer Paul Culliton about the documentary, which features film footage from Trooper Mark Diab who died March 2009 in Afghanistan. You can still catch the documentary at film festivals across North America.
This issue also features Leslie Dunnett’s article about Josie Walsh, a military spouse following her entrepreneurial dream. Read how she has handled being in business for herself and being married to a military man.
And of course our military cartoon characters Ted and Janie are back.
In tune with our Keeping the Balance 2012 theme military spouse/parent and financial planner Liz Summers shares how couples can talk about money – something I dread - without losing their minds and tempers. Read how you and your partner can take the first step to managing your money more efficiently this year.
On a side note regarding Keeping the Balance 2012– THANK YOU Jacki! After reading your article last month on gaining time I bought the tools to update my day timer and registered for Cozi.com. I love it! As a mother of four with my husband living in Ottawa, our daughter going to school in Kingston and the rest of us in Petawawa the on-line calendar is great resource. Plus there is an app!
And Kate’s back with a new blog titled My American Tale and Leslie writes about entering her third decade - Happy Birthday Leslie.
Until next time,