Another quick story from my time in Hawaii.
We had some great neighbors in our quad-plex housing in Hawaii â€“ Chris and Cheryl Boyd. Cheryl and I spent a lot of time together â€“ we each were the primary stay at home parent, and we would often shop together â€“ both on and off post. We were both military spouses. And we were all great friends.
After driving back and forth through the front gate many times together (in a single day) eventually the new guard waved me over.
â€œSir, do you know that it is customary for you to return a salute when I welcome you to postâ€?
Me: â€œI am not in the Militaryâ€.
Him: â€œThen your wife should return my salute, sirâ€.
Me: â€œShe isnâ€™t my wifeâ€
Him, flustered: â€œUh well then sir, never mind. Uh, Iâ€™ll mind my own business, sirâ€
He assumed one of us had to be in the military since we had an officer sticker on our car that told him â€œweâ€ lived on base. Then he assumed we were doing something naughty.
Assumptions are often my favorite basis in humor.