April: Month of the Military Child

April 02, 2012

April is the "Month of the Military Child," and my Marine and I have one of them, who was born on payday (smart boy).
Brady was 3 weeks & 1 day old when Daddy deployed
Children serve along side their active duty parent(s) and deserve the respect and admiration just as much, if not more, than their parents. They didn't choose this lifestyle, but they are among the most proud to live it.

Brady is only 13 1/2 months old so he doesn't realize the details of the life he lives right now. I'm sure he knows he doesn't go to the most amazing daycare on earth anymore, but that's about the only major change in his life (aside from the fact that we live on the East Coast now).

I've always admired and felt sorry for (yes) military children and I'm pretty sure a lot of children were more strong with their dad's deployment than I was during my husband's.

Children are sad that their dad (or mom) is deployed, but they love to tell people about how proud they are of their parent and count down the days until their return. I am fortunate that Brady's first deployment he was 3 weeks to 7 months old and had no idea what was going on, but he sure lit up and had fun when he saw his Daddy on Skype!

Looking into Brady's future:

  • He will have a sense of humor- not because Travis and I do, but because he has a bear with his dad's voice recorded in it that lights up his world. He'll probably have 'dad on a stick' like most older military kids do, they carry their dad with them wherever they go. He'll sleep on his dad's face (pillow case) and probably some other crazy things. 
  • He'll selflessly serve. Most military children I have seen do not hesitate to help someone or their community. 
  • He will stand by us through thick and thin. 
  • He will have a greater sense of patriotism. 
  • He will support his friends, especially the ones with a military parent.
  • He might hate moving and always leaving friends, but he will adapt well. We will keep him busy and learning and finding the positives in every move. One day, he will be used to it (kind of). 
  • He will be compassionate. Seems that children of military families are more compassionate, not to say civilian children aren't. They long for that one hug or one kiss or one high five from dad when he gets home- the physical bond we take for granted. 
  • He will be educated. Duh, but what I mean is he will know more about history, the world and geography (more than I probably know.) I've learned so much more after becoming a girlfriend and spouse of a Marine than I ever learned or paid attention to in school. 
  • He will be strong. Mentally. 
I've had an amazing time being a military wife and am looking forward to all of the great people Brady will meet and all of the amazing things he will learn. It's going to be a tough, but fun journey.
Semper Fi, Military Children! 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this wonderful article. Both my daughters were born in military hospitals and are great adults. We all still have wonderful friends from years ago and my daughters did well in their educations and are doing well in their careers. Children and spouses of our military are very important but do not get the attention they are due. Enjoy every moment of your military life. Goodluck! :) Jeanne