Thank Heavens for Velcro

263rd cuts up at Q-West

Thinking about my husband’s 2004 deployment while writing about my Valentine’s curse made me relive the days before his departure.  And one thing in particular.

The sewing.

My husband got promoted the day before the deployment.  And this was back in the era of BDUs, which meant that he needed all new rank insignia before he left town the next day.

Sewn on.

We were stationed in Germany at the time: there was one alterations shop on post, with a slow turn-around time. There was no way they could get the job done.

So on my husband’s last day at home for a year, I sat at the sewing machine and put all new rank on every BDU and DCU he was taking with him. Plus his soft cap. Oh, how that soft cap vexed me. I remember sewing the rank on, removing the cap from the sewing machine, seeing that the rank was really crooked, cursing, ripping it back off, repositioning it, putting it back in the machine, and promptly sewing straight through my fingertip.

And to make matters worse, other guys found out I could sew rank and started showing up at my house begging me to help fix one or two things.

Oh, the sewing. I don’t miss you. Thank heavens for velcro.

Photo taken by U.S. Army photo Sgt. Matthew Cooley

About the Author

Sarah has been married to her soldier for a bit more than 10 years. In the past decade, they've been at six different duty stations in four different branches of the Army. They've also endured three deployments, six miscarriages, and a failed IVF. Sarah's blogging focus has shifted some in the past five years, from common military issues to something more personal: the difficult intersection between the military and infertility. It's hard for some couples to start a family; it's even harder when one person spends a lot of time on the other side of the globe. But Sarah was lucky enough to declare Mission Accomplished when their daughter was born 10 days after her husband's return from Afghanistan. And she tries to remind herself how irreplaceable and cherished that daughter is now that she's entered the terrible two's. In her free time, Sarah is a pioneer housewife: knitting, crocheting, and cooking ... and sometimes even firing a weapon.
  • NG_wife

    From that standpoint, I understand your liking for velcro. I, however, curse it every laundry day. I’m not ashamed to say how much I HATE velcro these days.

  • Oh no! It sounds like your biggest mistake was not swearing your husband to secrecy about your seamstress-ing abilities. ;-)