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.
I 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.
I 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.
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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