It’s Veterans’ Day here in the U.S., and while for many of us, it’s a day off from school and work, a holiday to get things done and catch up with family and friends, it’s also a day that reminds us of the sacrifices that the members of our armed forces make every day, along with their families.
My dad was active duty military when I was growing up, and at the time, I accepted it as our way of life. Many wonderful things came from all of the moving around, including the chance to live in different places, meet lots of different people, and do lots of sight-seeing (I’d been to most of the states, and seen more national treasures that I can remember, by the time I started high school).
But now, as an adult with more self-awareness of my personality and traits, I also know what I missed out on, and often when I’m struggling, I wish that I’d had the benefits of growing up in one place, with lifelong friends and a greater sense of security.
While I have no regrets (after all, I am who I am today because of the experiences I had growing up), I know that serving our country involves genuine sacrifices – not just the most obvious, terrible ones involving physical and psychological injury, but smaller ones like not being home for the holidays and regularly changing schools, often in the middle of the school year.
So from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU to the members of our armed forces as well as their families!