Fifteen years ago, our daughter was in her second year of college when she came home one day and said “ I am burned out of school. I don’t want to be a burden to you and Pop(our kids called my husband) so I have decided to join the Air Force.” We were stunned. I was thinking to myself “ARE YOU CRAZY?”We thought she was stressed out and confused. She reassured us that she had thought about this for many years and had not mentioned it to us, and she felt this was the time to do it.
As a parent what do you say? I could accept that my son would join the military, but my daughter? It was so hard for me to picture her in the military. As a child she had a hard time with anyone raising their voice to her! I asked myself, how would she get through basic training with all the yelling they do? funny thing, she did overcame this in basic training and grew into being a very strong person. Today she has five years away from putting in her 20 years in the Air Force, and will be promoted to Master Sergeant next year.
I would have never thought our daughter’s career would change my life. And the pride I have for her for serving our country.
Alan and I learned so much while she has been in the Air Force. When she was deployed to Afghanistan, we gave her our complete support. No one wants to be in a war, even those in the military. The military just want to protect us. I learned how our military and their families are willing to sacrifice their well being.
While she was deployed our entire family faced many challenges. When she needed us to become the guardians to her children, and when she deployed, we learned how to become parents, again.
We had no clue that those days raising our grandchildren would build an incredible bond with our daughter and granddaughters.
I learned how to support my daughters efforts by being there for her, and her children when they needed us most. I Learned how to understand how the military worked. How deployment effected our daughter, our granddaughters and ourselves. What I have learned, is that you can not stop learning, you face the challenges now matter what your age is. And it is very rewarding.
God Bless those that want to protect our freedom and our Country, and their families supporting them.