I married into the United States Marine Corps, and I have no idea what I expected. But, it wasn’t a friendship. It wasn’t a new sister. It wasn’t my person, to coin Grey’s Anatomy. But thanks to the USMC stealing our husbands, I found her. “Friendship is one soul in two bodies.” If this isn’t true, I don’t know what truth is! Her name is Mary, and she is my best friend. She has been my rock for everything. She traveled multiple states and lots of miles and lots of hours just to come to my wedding, and she doesn’t mind my late night phone calls when I am sad. She sends me my own deployment care packages, complete with candy I don’t need and coloring books, and sweet cards with words of encouragement. She knows how my bad days feel, because she’s usually having a bad day, too. But she knows how to make me laugh, and what words to say to make the bad days seem a little less grey, because she is in my place. Her husband is gone, too, and she knows how sometimes the day wastes away because I can’t see the promise in it. So hey, marrying into the USMC might sound like it SUCKS…and most of the time, it kind of does. He doesn’t call when he says he will, because he got busy last minute. He isn’t home for dinner. He misses Valentine’s day and your birthday, and barely makes it to your wedding. But, without the Corps, where would we be? He and I might be married, living on our own, with silly, menial jobs in our hometown of Smalltown, U. S. A. Instead, he’s across the world, I’m packing up our lives here in Smalltown, and we’re getting ready to embark on our adventure. Thanks to the Corps, we’re doing things, and I found my best friend. Laugh if you want, but she’s the best thing to happen to me in a hot minute. So, if you’re a USMC wife, don’t look down your nose at those Facebook groups. Why don’t you join one, and then maybe, just maybe, you’ll find your best friend who is stationed just 4 hours away? Or, lucky you, maybe she lives just 20 minutes, and you never even knew it. Friends that are in your shoes are the best friends to have. Find your sister, and don’t let her go. And that’s my piece of advice to you other USMC wives.