This Military Wife’s Post About Her Husband’s Boots Went Viral

This Military Wife’s Post About Her Husband’s Boots Went Viral

Angela Markus

Many women will agree that it is not easy being anyone’s wife, let alone the wife of a military man. The challenge of dealing with someone who has sacrificed a great deal for this country and, most of all, precious time with family is something that many can’t tolerate. One army wife encountered the straw that broke the camel’s back, until she took a look at the bottom of her husband’s boots and saw something she never expected.

Deirdre Sanford’s heartbreaking realization happened shortly after her husband, Kyle, came home from another long day’s work and carelessly left a mess of the house, including his work boots sitting in the middle of the floor. Initially, Deirdre was angered and annoyed until she went to pick up her soldier’s shoes and noticed the soles of his new boots.

Kyle’s brand new boots had a hole. The army wife immediately realized how wrong she had been about her husband and how her nagging ways toward him about his daily end-of-the-workday mess was completely unnecessary. Knowing she was not the only wife to feel this way, she took to Facebook to announce her lightbulb moment.

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Ladies, I see a lot of y’all complaining how your husband doesn’t help clean the house, pick up after himself, or even want to go anywhere when he gets home after work. He comes home complaining he’s tired from today’s work and becomes a couch Potato who turns on the TV and plays video games until it’s almost bed time. I think some of us underestimate how much they go through. I was one of those women.

Until today when I again was picking up after my husband’s mess becoming frustrated, I picked up his boots he just bought 6 months ago. He doesn’t wear these boots everyday either. He rotates his boots throughout the week. I looked at the bottom of them to see if he had clumps of mud underneath them and I saw this. The soles of my husband’s 6 month old expensive ROCKY boots have been worn all the way down to the point there’s a hole in them. I almost cried. Not because he ruined them…but because it took me this long to realize what he always told me when I would yell at him for not doing anything around the house.” You don’t understand what I have to go through every single day, how hard I really work, I just wanna come home and relax with the kids.”



The point I’m trying to get across is appreciate your husbands more. I know they make messes, and sometimes it is unacceptable. But they do so much for us. They provide for our family, they protect us, and the sole reason we have freedom. Our husband’s do appreciate what we do.

They may not show it all the time, but they appreciate that we take care of our children, they appreciate the clean house, clean folded clothes, the food you cook for them, the uniforms you put out for them last night so they can sleep the extra 10 mins before getting out of bed at 5am to go to work. You are their rock, and they are yours. So next time you wanna yell at your husband because he left his PT’s in the hallway, go look at the bottom of his boots.

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She couldn’t have said it better.

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