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An Open Letter..

To my military brat

Dear Little Man:

I’ve been thinking back on recent events and realized something. All this time you were there secretly making sure I kept my sanity. You redefined what it meant to be a “battle buddy” to me. When it came time to move back and forth between states, you were there to remind me to have fun. It wasn’t always about unpacking all the boxes before the week was over, sometimes we had to take the time and jump on the bubble wrap too.

I have to admit, I’ve felt very guilty at times. You may be young, but you’ve already spent more than half of your life without your Father. You accepted the military lifestyle and never questioned your surroundings. I think life can get so chaotic at times between deployments and moves, we sometimes forget how amazing and resilient our kids truly are. It is amazing to me, as I sit back and reflect, to realize how much of an impact you’ve had on my life.

I originally wanted to say “Happy Birthday Little Man” but now what I really want to say is, “Thank you for bringing such an indescribable joy into my life. For reminding me to not stress out about the big things and take time to enjoy the small things. To say it’s ok to jump on the bed every once in a while and sing along when the mood strikes. ”

I feel so lucky to have you in my life and love you with all my heart.

DSC03356Little Man at Homecoming. I took this photo when he saw the Soldiers marching onto the field and you can tell he realized something was up.

About Penny

Penny contributed to SpouseBUZZ in 2009 and 2010.