The Sometimes Scary, Overly Daunting First Move

There’s a giant semi truck parked in front of your house. Boxes waiting to be assembled are scattered everywhere. Strange people are walking around your home, wrapping your belongings in giant sheets of paper, then proceed to cram as many items as possible in each box. You aren’t sure what to expect. All that you know is that you aren’t going to be living here anymore.

Move.

That’s what they told your family to do; to go to a totally different place and live there. Why? Because the military said so. You watch strangers pack up your home into boxes and load the boxes into a giant truck that will be supposedly be there at your new home. Your parents say that this is a “wonderful thing” and there are “new adventures that await,” but all you know is that the new “home” will never truly be home. The only home you have is the empty one you’re standing in, and nothing can change that. You can’t imagine living anywhere else. What will happen to everyone you know? Letters, calls and emails will be exchanged, of that there is no doubt. But it won’t be the same. You won’t be able to go to the same park in the hot summer, or sled on the hill down the road in winter. You hate it, absolutely hate it, and have considered challenging your parents to physically drag you from home. You’re somewhat excited; maybe it could be better than here, with more people and perhaps a bigger house. The first move comes with a myriad of thoughts and emotions. You’re scared, excited, sad, angry, and hopeful all at once. Soon all the boxes are packed, the truck drives away, and all you’re left with is an empty house and the open road to what’s ahead.

 

What was your first move like? Do you remember it? Did you hate it? Love it? Please do share your thoughts!

8-year-old boy turns $20 into a priceless gift for a solider

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TOLEDO, Ohio – An eight-year-old boy who acted beyond his years decided to pay it forward to a solider he had just met after he discovered a small amount of money in the parking lot of a restaurant.

In early February, according to CBS News, eight-year-old Myles Eckert and his family had gone to eat at a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Toledo, which is near the Ohio Air National Guard base. Eckert was very excited when he discovered the $20 bill in the restaurant’s parking lot as he and his family was heading inside. Eckert says at first he thought about getting a video game with the money, but when he saw a solider inside he changed his mind.

Instead, Eckert did something selfless and full of honor. He wrapped the $20 bill inside of a post-it note he wrote a message on and gave it…

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The Purpose of “Kids of the Military”

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“It is not only the servicemember who serves.”
 
No one knows this better than the families. No one knows this better than the kids of the military. Military kids have childhoods like no other and possess a maturity that far surpasses their peers. With all that they go through, there’s not much support.
Certainly there are activities and services for kids when their parent or guardian is deployed or TDY, but where’s the support when the servicemember returns home?
 
This is where military kids can find that support.
 
Kids of the Military is a place where military kids, both current and former, can share & hear stories from around the world.
(And it’s not JUST for military kids! We also want to hear from DOD, CIA, FBI, Ambassador/Diplomat & any other Gov’t kids!!)

Military kids move every 1-6 years, with notices to move as little as 30 days in advance! The military dictates pretty much most of our life; where we live, where we go to school, when and how long our parent(s) will be off to war and so many other things. We have no real “home” like everyone else. Our response to the question, “Where are you from?” is a long list of places & times.

Maybe we’re luckier than others, because we have more than one “home.” We are children of the world, we are from everywhere, from everything. We have seen people & cultures our peers only read about in books. We eat foods & go places only seen on the internet by others. We get so used to moving & being somewhere new that we become restless when we’ve stayed in one place for long. Military kids are citizens of the world; the most resilient & adaptable people you’ll ever know.

The whole point of this blog is to get us all together to be each others’ support, to share adventures with each other and enjoy having someone understand what being a “military brat” is all about.