This weekend is so special to me and a lot of other Americans. A weekend to reflect on those that have fought for our rights, and those who have died doing so.
My dad always finds the most touching emails to forward my way…emails that are close to the heart. Usually they’re directed at the servicemen/women in uniform, but this time he sent me a sweet one about brats vs. civvie kids. I thought I’d pass it along to all of you to remember not only those serving our country during this time in our military, but also those children that are keeping the home fires burning!
Civilian Child vs. Military Child
1. A civilian child usually dances around or talks during the
National Anthem. A military child stands quietly with his hand over his heart.
2. A civilian child sees race. A military child sees diversity.
3. A civilian child has a best friend in his hometown. A military
child has a best friend on almost every continent.
4. A civilian child sees only the plane flying over. A military
child not only can identify the type of plane flying but knows someone who
works on them.
5. A civilian child smells something nasty and yells; “Eeewwww,
what’s that smell?”. A military child smells something nasty and yells;
“M.O.P.P. 4! M.O.P.P. 4!!”
6. A civilian child sees a person in uniform. A military child can
tell you what branch he’s in and what his rank is.
7. A civilian child thinks home is where the heart is. A military
child knows home is where the military sends you.
8. A civilian child lives for tomorrow and what it might bring. A
military child lives for today because tomorrow, Daddy might get called
9. A civilian child gets to kiss mommy and daddy goodnight each
night. A military child sometimes has to kiss a picture of daddy or mommy
10. A civilian child talks on the phone for fun. A military child
lives for the 15 minute phone calls once a week.
11. A civilian child can read and write in English. A military
child can read and write in acronym.
12. A civilian child says “good-bye”. A military child says “see you later”.
13. A civilian child gets to see things other kids would love to see.
A military child gets to see things world leaders would love to see.
14. A civilian child will probably go to the same school his entire
life. A military child will probably change schools every 2 years.
15. A civilian child might rarely leave his hometown for anything
other than vacation. A military child will rarely see his “hometown” for
anything other than vacation.
And finally…a civilian child supports our soldiers. A military
child IS a soldier.
The next time you say a prayer for our troops, please say a prayer for their families, especially their children back ome that are trying to be strong.