Sometimes military life means saying goodbye to loved ones. A lot. I always hate when my husband has to go, but I know I can manage. My kids know they'll be okay because they've done it many times before. Of course there will be moments where there will be tears, but for the most part, we know we got this.
You never know what the military will throw at you. Right now, I have no idea where we'll be living at our next base. I am stressed but I know in the past the military has come through for us, and I can hold onto that. We once had an entire trip to Disney World planned only to find out that my husband had to deploy even though he was told he would not be deployed. I won't lie, I cursed a lot over that one. But the kids and I still went. It helped break up the time when my husband was gone. It is tougher for my son, who has autism, but I remind him to take deep breaths when he gets upset.
Well. Sort of. I was in Europe for most of my childhood because my mother was in the Air Force. I loved being able to travel around and go through old towns and castles. (When I wasn't pouting. I did have teenage angst.) My favorite was going to the Christmas Markets in Germany. I knew how to count to ten in German when I was ten. My son ate in various pubs when we were in England and learned what Bangers and Mash are. (I wanted to travel more, but we were broke and we were still figuring out what was going on with Tommy. The sudden meltdowns and the fact that he liked to run away from us would not have gone well in British castles.)
Since we've been in different places and dealt with different situations, we're able to cope. For instance, we know how to say goodbye to people. It stinks, but when military life is over and people have to go, we know we've been there before. We know it hurts, but we also know the power of letters and social media. They help. We also make for an interesting job interview. If asked where we're from, we can say all over, and this generally impresses and amuses the person giving the interview.
It's not easy having to change schools several times throughout our lives. We have to make friends all over again. We have to get used to a new area. It can be disconcerting--but we do it, because we know we can. It's not always easy, but we manage.
How many people can say that their parent or spouse would risk their life for their country? We're incredibly proud of our military members. We know they work hard. We know they wish they didn't have to go. We know they want to make our lives as easy as they can, but sometimes it's not always possible.
We love them just as they love us. And we wouldn't want any other life.
We're proud to be military kids.