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
Memorial Day Poem by Will Carleton
Over all our happy country
over all our Nation spread,
is a band of noble heroes
is our Army of the Dead.
We went to Pensacola for spring break this year and our favorite part of the trip was the Pensacola Lighthouse Museum.
Gwen and I climbed to the top of the lighthouse. We walked up 177 steps (similar to walking up 12 flights of stairs). Also, the staircase was narrow with holes in each step, so you could see all the way to the bottom while walking back down the stairs.
Congratulations – We Did It
Trees and Plants
Hanging Out at the Hotel and Other Random Photos
It was a great trip, but we are all glad to be back home.