Today is National Military Brats Day. Being a military brat made my childhood unique in many ways.
- Where am I from? That is a hard question to answer. I was born in Fort Bliss (El Paso) Texas, but we left when I was only a year old. I can’t say I am from there. I spent the majority of my childhood in Germany, but I am not a German and I can’t say I am from there. Maybe, I am from nowhere or maybe I am from everywhere.
- I didn’t get to know my extended family as a child. Since I grew up overseas, I rarely got a chance to visit them.
- I learned all the words to the National Anthem while I was still in elementary school.
- As a child, I could see tanks outside my bedroom window.
- At school we celebrated Military Appreciation Day. They would fill the parking lot with military weapons, tanks, trucks, and helicopters. The kids were allowed to climb on everything. It was a ton of fun.
- We got to do fun things other kids would never get a chance to do, such as operating flight simulators and tank simulators.
- We also got to sample MREs. That wasn’t so much fun.
- Occasionally, we ate holiday meals at the Mess Hall.
- Taking a bus to Paris for the weekend was a thing, so was skiing in the Alps on a field trip.
- I learned to be adaptable at an early age.
- I also learned how to properly fold a flag.
Happy Military Brats Day