The Month of May is Blue Star Mothers Month!
When do you cry? You may find this title a bit odd. But, as the mother of a child who serving our military, we can cry for a lot of reasons and sometimes for no particular reason at all!
We know that our child is serving in the military because they are a proud American. Some other adjectives that describe our children are: patriotic, loyal, strong-willed, purpose-driven and persistent.
There are also some of the reasons that we, as mothers (and fathers), cry. We are proud of them because of their patriotism, loyalty, stubborness (because they probably got that from us), their drive to strive for more out of life and their refusal to give up.
We cry they leave for war and then again when they come home from war. We even cry when we see the green dot on Facebook because we are just so happy! Having a child in the miltary is amazing... and also amazingly stressful.
We cry because there is an empty place at the dinner table and their bedroom is vacant. We cry because there is always a hole in our heart.
We are able to cry for each other at our monthly meetings. This is where we share the "why" of our cry and everyone understands. We pass around a small globe of the world that we can hold and imagine that we are holding our child in our hands.
We cry mostly because we are just proud of them and their accomplishments. There is nothing more important to a mother than the feeling that you have raised a great child who is serving his/her country.
If you see us crying...don't worry! It's not personal.
For more information about Blue Star Mothers, contact Nancy Kearney @ 540-752-8020 and check out our website @www.bluestarmothersva4.org.
This article was written by Linda Clevenger, 1VP of BSMVA4