Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Kyiv Trip re-cap part 7
On my second Saturday in Ukraine, I went with Tara to Bunco Night with the military wives. It was great fun. My first experience with Bunco was with Tara when I went to visit her in CA in 2009 and it was great fun then as well. Whenever you got Bunco, you got to wear the fancy pink boa...lots of laughs that night with lots of wonderful ladies.
After that evening, I now have a newfound appreciation for military wives...I knew what Tara had experienced as one but it was enlightening to also hear the stories of the other wives. I think one of the things that amazed me the most is just the amount of times they have to move and all the uncertainty with that since they don't usually know the next appointment that much in advance. Moving from one apartment in the same city is stressful enough for me, I can't imagine the cross-country and cross-the-world moves these families do, time after time!
So THANK YOU MILITARY WIVES FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. You serve us as much as your husband and are heros to me just like them.
Back to Bunco. Our hostess that night had a fab apartment with a spectacular roof terrace with a view. We got an unexpected fireworks display in the middle of the evening that was a treat. I think there was a local celebration (Kyiv Days, maybe?) that was the reason, but Tara says the Ukrainians like to let off fireworks in general. At any rate, it added to the fun and the girls joked that the bar had been set very high for the next hostess for Bunco (they rotate and there's a different hostess every time).
Even though I was out way past my normal bedtime that night, I was honored to have shared a fun girls' night with such neat ladies. They are all friendly and welcoming and though they'll likely never read this, I wish them and their families all the best. Our country owes you a debt of gratitude as we do your husbands.
Stay tuned for the other event I went to that Saturday!