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This post is not going to be full of wisdom, but nevertheless, I hope it brings both of you boys some warm memories. This past weekend was the Children’s Christmas Party on base. It was wonderful to see so many friends in one place. We had cookies and “juice” (red sugar water??), Mama stood in line to pick up hot dogs that no one would eat and then we stood in line for almost an hour to see the “balloon man.” That was a long hour for little guys who normally have attention/ patience spans that are quite a bit shorter. You each chose to have a black sword made for you. Subsequently we walked over to see the airplane that Dada flies, and the other planes that fly out of this base. Grayden, you found it necessary to hit everything in your path with the “sword.” Airplane, rock, your friends, the poor defenseless firefighter airmen…. no one was safe from your sword. Hmm. We’ll keep working on the concept of gentle…
A huge gathering like that is always a mix of frustration and joy with little ones. You both loved the atmosphere and watching Santa arrive on a U-2. I hope that you look back on your childhood as an Air Force kid and realize that there were definitely sacrifices, but also experiences that were extremely rich and wonderful. I hope you learn to be thankful for the times that Dada is home and tender-hearted towards those who are missing their loved ones over the holidays, or at any time of the year. Most of all, I hope you appreciate the family that you gain as a military child. We might not all be related, but the support, love and friendship that military friends offer is an experience that we are blessed to have.
Pleased head on over to check out my lovely friend, Lacey Meyer’s words of love for her precious boys.