In total, I have attended 9 military balls. I am lucky my spouse has been away for only two of those occurrences! This year, he will be deployed aboard the USS Nimitz, and I plan on going solo again (you only live once, right?). The ball in the photo below, I was 8 months pregnant. I admit, I had second thoughts about putting on a dress being the size of a small ship, but it was a lot of fun and I indulged in extra cake without a second glance from anyone!
Here is why you should strongly consider attending the ball even when your spouse, partner or date is deployed:
Attending the ball without your spouse is NOT the same. If you set expectations (with yourself and your spouse who is away), acknowledge you will be dancing solo (you won’t be the only one!), and won’t have your spouse there as a buffer when you forget someone’s name (guilty), you can and will have fun!
Have you attended a function without your spouse or significant other? How did you make the most of it? Would you do it again? Please share your experience in the comments (Bonus if you share a picture!!)
About the Blogger: Briana Hartzell is a Navy spouse, mother to two beautiful girls (3 years and 1 year), a former full time USAA employee and a graduate of Texas A&M University. Briana writes at Being Briana, a blog focused on the joys that military life and parenthood can bring.
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