It is that time of year when we have way too much to do. Gift shopping, scheduling visits, trying to finish work projects and even worrying about next year. I get it. It is a busy time of year.
The thing is, we get too busy sometimes and we forget the people that have been busy all year for us. While LITA exists to support responders, we stand behind our military as well and do not want to forget them either.
Today I saw a cashier at a local store that I have not seen in a while. We greeted each other and she mentioned that I had not been in for some time. I explained that since August life had pretty much been about deployments and fundraising and I mentioned that we had worked in Texas after Hurricane Harvey.
It was then that she told me her son had just enlisted in the Army and was in Texas, but she was afraid and worried. Their first time apart was not the only stress; she is well aware that the political climate worldwide could suddenly thrust her son into another land increasing the chances that her son may never come home.
It is Christmas. I could not even imagine. That proud and worried mother is just one of at least one million mothers feeling the same way. That’s a staggering number but based on the fact that there is approximately 1.4 million in our military right now. That’s .4% of the population. That’s a lot of sons and daughters.
Just a short blog post today to reminds you that we need to find ways to recognize not just those that serve, but those that sit at home and wait…especially the moms that are experiencing that first Christmas away from their children… for us.
Don't get too wrapped up in Christmas that you forget those that serve either home or abroad. Seek out ways to do something special for our military and their families.