I am grateful for all the men and women who have served, are serving, or will serve in the military. Without them, I doubt that our country would be the great place to live that it is.
My first introduction to the military world came from my Dad. He served in the United States Coast Guard for several years. (He met Mom shortly after he started teaching at the US Coast Guard Academy.)
Being more involved with Air Force and Army families up here in Alaska has had me considering if the call to serve our country is something I should be doing. The Army expanded their age requirements, so that if I wanted to join up right now I could still get in for either active duty or the National Guard.
While there is a definite pull to this idea (Alaska National Guard, not full blown Army), I also realize how impractical it would be with a wee lad in the house. As Stephen put it, I could survive most any aspect of boot camp EXCEPT the separation from the boys. I told him I could survive separation, but would hate the thought of the boys not feeling connected to me upon my return.
All that being said, I am eternally grateful for all those men and women who do make the sacrifice for our country.
Given all the boys in this house, there’s a good likelihood that at least one of them will head the call to serve, too. Should that happen, I will be one proud mama.