Reflections on 9/11 By A Military Wife
As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, everyone who experienced this event is flooded with recollections of that day, its aftermath, and our current thoughts and feelings about it. By virtue of my prior posts about the lives of military families — including the challenges of being a non-deployed parent and being a child with a deployed parent — I have had a unique opportunity to listen to the voices of military wives. I have found that we all share a mission of bringing awareness to the sacrifices made by those who serve in the armed forces and their families. To that end, I am honored to feature in this post a blogger — Laura @ semperfimomma — who writes eloquently about the life of a military wife and mom.
I asked Laura to share her reflections on 9/11. Here they are:
When we hit our 11 year anniversary, my husband and I both agreed that the time had flown by so fast and it almost felt like yesterday we were married. Looking back and thinking about the attacks on September 11th, 10 years ago, feels a lifetime away to me. On a family fishing trip, I remember standing there staring at the television watching the second plane crash. I was in total disbelief. I thought to myself, “Life is never going to be the same.”
The ironic part is that to talk to anyone now, I don’t feel like my life is very different. Like I was then and now, I’m a military wife. We, just like our husbands, adapt and overcome all the obstacles and challenges in our lives. It’s what we do, not just as military wives but as women and mothers as well. We’re human. We evolve. And so do our children. Most of them don’t know any different of a life. Having their fathers gone for 6 months or more at a time is ‘normal’ to them, though that doesn’t make the absence any easier to bear.
This week Laura featured thoughts on 9/11 by three military wives on her blog — I encourage you to click here to read these moving pieces.
I’m very grateful for the chance I have had to start a dialogue with a number of military wives. My next post will focus on tips that Laura @semperfimomma offers us to help support military families as they take on their daily challenges.