Friday, August 23, 2019 22:06

Marriage ain’t for Sissies…

…but this chick takes the proverbial cake!

– Elphaba

Courtney “Wife of the Year” Cook explains to military wives everywhere How to Leave a Soldier, courtesy of her article at

Apparently, the allure of a man who uses “words like “valor” and “courage” without irony,” will only take him so far, when he actually steps up and exercises those lofty sentiments with his actions.

Ms. Cook describes how her affections for her soldier husband were diminished after 9/11, when he, like so many reservist soldiers, made the selfless decision to return to active duty to defend the Greatest Nation on Earth during Her time of need.  Yes, Ms. Cook and her husband had two beautiful children together; yes it was difficult to parent alone while Daddy was busy keeping them safe from harm; yes, a soldier’s wife worries about getting a visit from two uniformed officers bearing the ultimate Bad News.  Courtney Cook found her own way to cope with the stress: while hubs was off in the desert, “peeing in a bucket,” Ms. Cook was ” just 30 years old, working with teenage students, surfing all of their exuberant, sexy, rowdy energy.”  While hubs was sweating in the sands; on weekends, she was hanging out with young, artsy intellectuals.  Time took a toll, and  “erotic love” died, ending in a literal Dear John letter.

Ms. Cook describes how the wounds healed “pretty clean,” and how her soldier ex-husband moved on to marry again, as did she, and how they managed to remain friends in order to parent the children that they had together.  This is more of a testament to the character of her ex-husband than it is to Ms. Cook, in my jaundiced opinion.  She, herself, is now married to a “lithe, blue-eyed Marxist whose dissertation was on U.S. imperialism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a man who participated in war protests in Santa Cruz, Calif., during the winter I lived at Fort Knox.”  Well, isn’t that special…and extremely telling.

Ms. Cook concludes by poignantly sharing her anxiety and dismay when their son chose to enroll in the United States Naval Academy: “I am deeply proud of him, but it was my ex-husband who stood with my son on Induction Day. I could not bear to be there, could not watch the child of my body step away from the safe, civilian world I’d tried to so desperately to create for myself and him.”

The point that is so glaringly lost on Courtney Cook is, that it was her soldier husband and men like him, who made that ‘safe, civilian world’ possible.  For shame.


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4 Responses to “Marriage ain’t for Sissies…”

  1. Nicole says:

    I read this the other day. Truly a wretched woman.

    I have stronger descriptives and thoughts about Ms. Cook, but I’ll play nice since this is my first comment herfe and I wouldn’t want to reflect poorly on Miz Weasel. 🙂

  2. Elphaba says:

    Oh, she’s a real piece of work, and while I can think of plenty of colorful descriptives for Ms. Cook, I figured I’d attempt to take the high ground. 😛

    BTW, WP and I are both loyal Weasel fans; a friend of Stoaty is a friend of ours…you can be yourself here.

  3. Wiccapundit says:

    Hi, Nicole, and welcome as our first official outside commenter. We’ll try to keep our content as interesting and humorous as Weasel does.

  4. Naomi says:

    So, I have a bit of an odd opinion on this. I appreciate the military and everythong they do, however, as an expat (scottish) I had a very difficult time coming to this country, and couldn’t really swallow the idea of a military man. I refused one or two proposals on that count and had a discussion with my husband before we got married to explain my position. I cannot describe my respect for the people who could handle such a thing for the rest of their lives, but I am not one of them.

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