My boys are still very young (8 and 4). My youngest has recently taken to acting like a soldier. If I want him to do something, say, clean his room, he requests that I give him and order "like a soldier, Mommy!". The conversation would go like this:
Me: "Soldier, proceed to your bedroom and clean it right away!"
Zack: (saluting) "Sir! Yes, sir!"
Me: (and he won't do anything until I say this) "Carry on, soldier."
It's actually proven to be quite useful of late! However, it got me to thinking about the possibility of either of my boys going into the armed services. My husband was in the Navy for 6 years (before we met), and I'm very proud of him for serving his country. As a Mother, it scares the daylights out me to think of either or both of my sons joining the military. Of course, I would be proud. I know that freedom is NOT free. Regardless, it scares me deeply.
I'd like to know I'm not alone in feeling like this...
Answer by brailynsmama08 at 10:47 AM on Apr. 21, 2009
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Answer by Crystal1124 at 11:08 AM on Apr. 21, 2009
I'd like to clarify something here. I get the feeling that some of you may have taken what I asked to mean that I would not support the possible choice of either of my boys joining the military. On the contrary, I would be proud beyond words. I also realize that risk is everywhere. The very act of being alive entails the risk of injury and death. I get that. I will support whatever productive, honorable things my children decide to do with their lives - be it the military, police work, or being a drag queen in Vegas! None of that changes the fact that I cannot shake the nagging fear that I won't always be able to keep them safe and healthy. It's a part of Motherhood that I have not gotten used to, despite being a Mom for 8 years, now. A quote comes to mind: â€œMaking the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.â€ ~Elizabeth Stone
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