April is the Month of the Military Child. Not really sure what that means, except Camp Pendleton will have a big Kids Fair with free stuff and bouncy houses. And MCCS will post signs that say "April is the Month of the Military Child". Otherwise, I'm not quite sure what happens. To make this special month a bit more celebratory, I thought I would take this week to share more about our military family.
The challenges I experience as a Marine wife are probably similar to other military wives. Deployment, constantly changing schedules, and being a part of a fluid community. These are the top stressors I deal with. As difficult as these things are for me, I can't help but worry how they affect my children.
I decided to sit down with each child and do a short interview regarding their life as a military kid. I was just as interested to hear their answers as you. As a military family, you always wonder if the choice to live this life will have some negative impact on your kids.
Zac was more than happy to talk with me. He has been bugging me to start his own blog for months. How cute is that?!? Zac is our second child. He was born on Camp Pendleton three days before his dad came home from deployment. A true military child! He loves to dress in camo, wear his dad's dog tags, and play army guys. He may never join the military (because he doesn't like running) but he will always be a fan of his dad!
Q: Your dad is in the military. Do you know what branch of service he is in? And what his job is?
A: What's a branch? ( I tell him.) Oh...a Marine. His job is fixing helicopters.
Q: Do you think that is a cool job?
A: Um...I don't know. (Which probably means no but he is too kind to say that).
Q: If you were in the military, what branch would you choose? And what would you do?
A: Air Force. Fly jets. (Psst...don't tell your dad!)
Q: Where is the best place you have ever lived? Why?
A: Between Japan and California both were awesome. My favorite things about living in Japan were Tokyo Disney, fire burning festival at Mt.Fuji, and our base school. My favorite things about living in California are Disneyland, our school, and having good friends here.
Q: What was your least favorite part about living in Japan?
A: The earthquake because it was scary. (We were there for the big one in 2011)
Q: What is the hardest part about having a parent in the military?
A: They get deployed and you miss them.
Q: What helps make deployment easier for you?
A: Um...just trying to feel better and thinking of something else. And doing fun stuff while your parent is deployed.
Q: What do you think makes the people in the military so special?
A: They help people.
Q: What do you think makes military kids so special?
A: They sacrifice by being away from their parent(s).
Stop by tomorrow to meet another military kid.