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The Ideal Air Force Wife

An Ode To Vera Selena (Osburn) Hinshaw

It takes a very special lady to be an ideal Air Force wife,
To face the many challenges and vicissitudes of Air Force life.

Even though it meant moving every few years to a different place,
You became a seasoned veteran as we moved from base to base.

You made a house a home whether in the states or foreign lands.
I marveled at your flexibility and left things in your capable hands.

When moving through the ranks and Lord knows at times money was tight,
But you worked marvels with hamburger meat and taters much to my delight!

You understood when I was called to duty and missed family celebrations,
But you pressed on, nurturing the girls and kept busy with various organizations.

As we advanced in rank you met social obligations with pride and grace.
You taught Sunday School and Girl Scouts leaving each base a better place!

You supported me and helped me earn each stripe I wore upon my sleeve,
Plus the various commendations and medals I was honored to receive.

Honey, thanks for standing by me - these accolades are well deserved.
The girls and I are very proud of you, since you also willingly served!

Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
(c) 2015 All Rights Reserved


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  1. Date: 3/1/2015 10:30:00 PM

    Vera is great...behind every successful man there is a woman..Regards to Vera and you Bob. God bless the both...Rajat
  1. Date: 3/1/2015 9:23:00 PM

    Gee whiz Robert... This is a beautiful tribute to your better half. I'll bet a tear fell reading this. You are one lucky fella. Catch you soon Robert - Lindsay
  1. Date: 2/27/2015 8:51:00 AM

    Hey Robert, stopped by for a visit and found this wonderful tribute to the act of love and true devotion. So lovingly expressed and written to your amazing sweetie pie! Be Blessed, Neva
  1. Date: 2/26/2015 6:44:00 PM

    Dear poet; your write was moving me deeply as I stroled down your write with ecstatic heart...and then...the tear jerker....."As we advance in rank" ! This is true love Sir ! Loved it Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF....Not retired in my heart ! Have a blessed week my friend....much love, james
  1. Date: 2/26/2015 6:43:00 PM

    Oh well done Mr Bob. I was an AF wife and mostly looked forward to a new adventure in a new place. Not always, but Your wife sounds like someone I would like to have for a friend. she must be so pround of you. BG
  1. Date: 2/26/2015 6:11:00 PM

    bob - this is a beautiful and very moving tribute to your wife. it sounds like you really appreciate all that she's done and she's lucky to have such appreciation expressed in such perfect rhyme! of course, i also love the fact that taters made an appearance!