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To My Military Child

April 7, 2014

To my military child,

April is set aside to honor the unique sacrifices made by our country’s military kids. Thirty days does not seem adequate for all you have given up in your young years. I recognize how hard it has been for you; in life’s busy days I may have forgotten to stop and tell you that. I know you did not choose this path and at many times you carried the brunt. I know that Dad and I cannot comprehend what being the new kid on the block has felt like over and over and over. We had the luxury of growing up with the same kids and staying with them until graduation day; you have attended three high schools in just four years.

When I close my eyes, Alex, I can remember exactly what it felt like to hold you in my arms those first days of your life. I believe in my soul that I am who I am because God blessed me with being your mother. Everything is better because you are a part of it. It is hard to imagine that in a blink of an eye 18 years have passed and that it is time to plan for your future as an adult.

As we get ready for your graduation this June, I want you to know how very proud I am of you. You have been my rock through the hardest moments in my life and at times, I leaned on you more than you leaned on me. I could not have navigated these rough seas without your hand to hold, and for the rest of my life I will cherish that. In all the loneliness of the moving and deployments, you, Alexander James, have been the best battle buddy any mom could have asked for.

At times, you probably had to grow up so much faster than most just to step in for Dad. Your little brothers look up to you so much. I have so many hopes and dreams for you, and I will walk alongside you every step of the way, just as you have been there for me.

When I look back on our life with the Marine Corps, I know it was tough, but those memories you and I have built in the face of challenges will forever stand as the best days of my life. You are simply amazing, kid. I am so proud to be your mom. Thank you for loving me and standing by my side.

I love you, forever and for always,

Mom

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Bianca Strzalkowski

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Bianca Strzalkowski, a proud Marine Corps wife of 16 years, has experience in news reporting, social media management, public relations, and content marketing.

One Response

  1. Alex V Yogi says:

    That is really beautiful and has brought me to tears. Our children are so much stronger than we know and I am ever so grateful that they’ve helped us through deployments. xoxo

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