07 September 2008

Sleepshirts.

I have a silly habit. I will only admit it to the likes of you ladies, those of you who know what it is like to be away from your DH for more than just a business trip or a weekend with the guys. Here it goes...

I sleep in Swiss's t-shirts when he leaves.

I know that doesn't sound so bad. But you see, it's not the clean ones in the drawers. It's the ones he just wore this weekend. Yes, I sleep in Swiss's dirty laundry. I know. Gross. But there is something about the smell of Swiss and dryer sheets that is positively intoxicating. Not to mention it is the same wondorous smell that I am greeted with every time I see Swiss, that would be when I burry my head into the nook of his neck and shoulder... same smell. And I love it. As sappy as this sounds, it makes me feel like he is there in bed when he is hundreds of miles away. His arms might not be there to surround me, he may not be there to curl up with, but at least it smells like he is there. It might not be a lot, but hey, I'll take whatever I can get.

Now you know one of my dirty (literally!) secrets. Do y'all have any of these silly quirks?

6 comments:

Linda said...

When my hubby's been gone for extended periods, I've put his t-shirt (worn, of course) on his pillowcase....then, I hug it. Because the scents stay longer. I have also been known to put a few t-shirts (worn) into ziplock bags, individually, to keep them "smelly" so that when the scent wears off the pillow, I have a "fresh" one to use.

Of course, in the past few years, I've developed allergies to most deodorants he wears, and no matter what I buy, after a few months, I have to change the scent as I can't tolerate it anymore (good thing for me that they keep adding new stuff, huh?). Oh well....

potandkettle said...

Whenever hubs comes out of uniform, he stinks. Plain and simple. I think he smells like the armory, which is blech. So, immediately when he comes home we wash his uniforms.

However, I didn't wash his pillow case when he deployed the first time, but I didn't touch it, either. (pillows kind of fall in the same category with toothbrushes for me- we don't share. Odd, huh?) Don't know why I didn't, but he was pretty grossed out after the deployment to come home to a dirty pillow. I also piled stuff on his side of the bed so I would have something to slide my feet under in lieu of his legs. When he started shipping stuff home, his footlocker arrived and at the bottom were his dusty, dirty boots. After I finished holding them and crying, I put them by the front door, where he always leaves his boots, until he came home and then I told him to put his boots away just like old times.

Friday nights were really bad for me, for some reason. I think because the hustle of the work week was over and I would be in an empty house. When I was really, really missing him, I would order take out from our favorite Chinese restaurant and order his favorite.

Coping is what is important and while I giggled (and made a "hmmm" sound) at yours, I completely understand it. That's the neat thing about milspouses (Even us part-time ones) is we understand and, as Liberal Army Wife (LAW) says, we don't have to translate.

Happy Monday.

Tucker said...

I should be sure to note this: I never sleep in the really stinky ones. Or the sweaty ones. Just the normal, everyday worn shirts. Maybe that makes it less gross... I don't know! Thanks though Ladies for your comments... you all rock! :)
Love, Tucker

A Soldier's Wife..... said...

We all are known to do this....and when they come home on R&R my husband never washes his shirts, he puts them in bags for me....so that the old ones can now be washed....

He also calls and leaves messages for me on our answering machine so that I can listen to his voice, knowing that later on this will be very important for me....funny now that he is home, he still does it...calls when he knows I'm not home just so I will hear his voice when I get in the door....

Tucker said...

A Soldier's Wife: your hubby sounds like a real sweetheart! I like your R&R plan too- I am going to have to use that when our R&R comes up! Oh, and Linda, thanks for the tip about the t-shirt as a pillowcase! Great ideas ladies!

Butterfly Wife said...

I have been known to not wash the sheets for weeks right after he leaves.

As for the t-shirts. After hearing many wives discuss this whole worn t-shirt thing, I had Jack Bauer send me one in a ziplock bag from Iraq. It was the most disgusting thing ever. We don't need to do that again.

I have also been known to wear his clean t-shirts to sleep in.