We just held our September meeting last weekend and did something very cool that I’d like to share with you.
Most of the 16 members who attended our meeting have children who are actively serving in the military. Unfortunately, a good portion of our children are not able to make a phone call, or even message us on Facebook on a regular basis. They are currently serving in places throughout the World where life is not as good as it is here.
This was the purpose of us passing the globe. We were able to hold onto the Middle East portion of the globe and hold our child close to our heart. It is easy for society to forget that we still have military serving their country in dangerous places. It is as we gather together, in unison, that we realize how blessed and fortunate we are to have each other for support. One mom even said, “I don’t know what I would do without the support of the Blue Star Mothers.”
As we passed a small globe of the world from person to person, we shared stories of our children and updated each other how we are doing and feeling. We have some mothers who have children that will be travelling to areas so remote that they will not be able to hear from them for a 6-8 week period. We have others who almost felt guilty because their child is currently stationed in the U.S. Celebrations were shared for children’s safe return to the U.S. too. A high percentage of our members have children who are in harm’s way or headed into harm’s way for the holiday season. This is extremely hard for our families.
It was so inspiring to openly share our happiness, sorrows and shed some tears in support of each other. As I think back over the last 30 years, I can still remember the exact feeling that I had on Christmas, 1990, when my husband was in Iraq – serving in Desert Shield and Desert Storm and the children were 2, 3 and 6. We had the saddest Charlie Brown Christmas tree ever! I can also remember what how I felt in 2008 when my daughter was in Iraq and we had our 5 month old granddaughter with us. It just didn’t seem right. All I could do was hold her tight and tell her how much she was loved. What I knew, in my heart, is that I had to be there for our little granddaughter. I even remember that this is the exact weekend that she sat up for the first time! Talk about happiness!
I learned one very important thing from one member at the meeting. If you squeeze your butt cheeks together, you can control your tears. Let’s just say that so many of us had sore butts by the time we were finished. (It was hysterical). I also learned that it is impossible to cry and laugh at the same time!
The holidays are quickly approaching and this is an extremely hard time for us to understand the “why” of it all. Even though you may think that the holidays are still a long time off, think about how blessed you truly are to enjoy the freedom that we have in the US.
Thank you to all of the children, nephews, nieces and everyone who serves our country now, in the past and in the future.
PS....our new website will launch on October 1, 2013. Check in with us @ www.bluestarmothersva4.org