American Heroes Don’t Always Wear A Uniform

In Washington D.C. it’s impossible not to be reminded of the heroics shown by the men and women who wear a uniform. But sometimes heroes don’t wear a uniform…and sometimes they’re under five feet tall. I’m talking about the military child.

photo 3photo 4I don’t have to look far to see some of my biggest heroes. My own children have moved more times than they can remember; have left friends and made new friends; have cried when their daddy deployed; laughed when their daddy returned; prayed when there was no word. They have passports  stamped in languages they don’t understand and don’t know how to answer when someone asks, “Where’s home?” Most of their friends don’t understand the life and it’s hard sometimes for them to fit in but they stand tall next to their uniformed hero and to me they’re the most resilient, courageous, and honorable heroes I know.

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First Deployment 3 days after our son was born.

894604I found a book called 100 Days and 99 Nights by Alan Madison. This cute story is about Esmerelda Swishback McCarther, the daughter of an Army soldier who deploys to war. Esme details what 100 days and 99 nights is like without her daddy. The book made me laugh, cry, and reminded me what the littlest heroes go through. It reminded me of every deployment our family faced throughout the years.

Homecoming after third deployment.

Homecoming after third deployment.

I’m so proud of my little heroes and of all the military children I know.

The Military Child

The official flower of the military child is the dandelion. Why? The plant puts down roots almost

anywhere, and it’s almost impossible to destroy. It’s an unpretentious plant, yet good looking.

It’s a survivor in a broad range of climates. Military children bloom everywhere the winds carry

them. They are hardy and upright. Their roots are strong, cultivated deeply in the culture of the

military, planted swiftly and surely. They’re ready to fly in the breezes that take them to new

adventures, new lands, and new friends.

Experts say that military children are well-rounded, culturally aware, tolerant, and extremely

resilient. Military children have learned from an early age that home is where their hearts are,

that a good friend can be found in every corner of the world and in every color, and that

education doesn’t only come from school. They live history. They learn that to survive means to

adapt, that the door that closes one chapter of their life opens up to a new and exciting

adventure full of new friends and new experiences.

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Me and my heroes!

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6 thoughts on “American Heroes Don’t Always Wear A Uniform

  1. My husband doesn’t “deploy” but working for homeland security he is pulled for random assignments and gone for weeks or 3 separate occasions 3-4 months. One time he was gone during the worst hurricane Texas has seen-Hurricane Ike, gone for chemo treatments, surgeries, birthdays (he always misses mine and my oldest because of UN conference) and important sports and school events. The kids roll with the punches for the most part. This is what their Daddy does. But sometimes when he misses something they really hold dear- a song recital, a play off game, a dance, they hide their feelings but resent the job. I totally get this post. You should interview military kids-teens and have them comment on what it takes to survive a military family. It would be interesting. As always, your writing is right in the pulse of the truth. Love it

    • CeCe, I think you’re kids qualify as heroes!! And so do you! What I liked about the book was that this little girl felt like it was her duty to accept the deployment and to do it without showing the emotions of how it was affecting her and her family’s life. Most people see the brave front we put on because we’re supposed to be strong, after all we signed up for it, right? But as you probably know better than most the reality is that behind the mask of courage is a lot of pain, sadness, and even some resentment. I like your idea about interviewing these heroes and I think people would like to hear what they have to say-putting it on my list 😉 Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  2. Yes, Natalie, you do have a family full of heroes! We are lucky to have families like yours who serve our country so selflessly.

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