During my L’il Trooper’s first deployment I made a list that I lost when my computer crashed. I thought it would be fun to try and remember some of the items on the list and maybe come up with some new ones.
You know you have a child/loved one at war when:
1.) A knock on the door raises the hair on the back of your neck.
2.) Driving home from work, you peek around the corner of your street, to make sure a military vehicle is not parked in your driveway.
3.)You have your boss install a TV in your office so that you can watch the news 24/7.
4.)You will interrupt any meeting, no matter how important, to take a call from your child.
5.)You will reach out and touch the sleeve of a stranger who is in uniform, wanting to feel closer to your child.
6.) Recruiting commercials can fill you with pride and reduce you to tears all at the same time.
7.) If you witness any disrespect shown to our Troops, it will cause you to shoot fire out your eyes.
8.)You go to the store to buy milk and eggs and come home with beef jerky, wet wipes, drink mixes, and snack cakes.
9.) Waiting in line at the post office, a clerk will call you by name and ask if you can help a customer fill out a customs form.
10.)Your family hides their magazines until they are finished reading them. They know you will send their magazines to Iraq.
11.) Even if you are 20 miles from home, you will turn the car around and go back to retrieve your cell phone. The thought of missing a call from your child can ruin your day.
12.) Before you lay your head down and try to sleep, you stop and figure what time of the morning it is in Iraq. (and wonder if your child is up)
13.) Xanax is your friend, as is Ambien.
14.) You will let someone cut in front of you in traffic if they have a Military bumper/window sticker. And a Purple Heart license plate will earn the other driver your prime parking location at the grocery store.
15.) You have a map of Iraq and track which areas your child has been. (You also reference the map when you hear of a bombing to see how close it hit to where you think your child MIGHT be.)
16.) You shake your head in amusement when you hear parents complain that their child is never going to get a job and move out.
17.) You have sent care packages that have followed your son around the globe, just missing him in three countries. A box of Christmas cookies made it back to me long after my L’il Trooper returned from Iraq his first deployment.
18.) When you go to a gun shop, you can ask for different types of ammo and actually know what you are talking about.
19.) You like to wear your child’s military sweat shirts when you go shopping so people will ask you questions.
20.) You decorate your Christmas tree with little flags and yellow ribbons.
21.) When important events on your schedule consist of care package drives and anytime of the year when there is a parade.
22.) When you don’t mind driving to the nearest Military base to get a new Army flag.
23.) When you see a toddler wearing a camouflage T-shirt you smile and wonder if his daddy might be a Soldier.
24.) Your friends always greet you with “How is your son?”
25.) You listen to your son’s “loud music” CDs because they remind you of him.
26.) When you saw the Budweiser “Welcome Home Tribute” you thought it was one of the best short movies of all time.
27.) No one can see the floor in the spare bedroom because of all the care package “stuff.”
28.) When you miss washing your child’s dirty clothes.
29.) When other Moms are worried about their child going to Cancun for Spring Break, you want to explain to them the worries you face.
… I will add more as they come to me.