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Lucy Sonsalla

Army daughter

Nov. 6, 2012 - 01:13PM   |   Last Updated: Nov. 6, 2012 - 01:13PM  |  
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Being in a military family isn't easy, but it comes with its rewards. You know that warm, fuzzy feeling you get when some total stranger comes up to your mom or dad and thanks them for their service? That's what I'm talking about. But, as I said earlier, life in a military family isn't always easy. You may have to move, and if you're old enough to read this, you probably have moved, at least once already, and everyone knows moving means leaving behind your friends and school, and sometimes even your pets, but don't let that get you down.

I have an easy solution: Remember the three A's: adventure, acquaintance and achievement. Here's how to use them:

Adventure: To a military kid, to be 8 years old and lived in just as many places is typical, but ask a "normal" kid how many places they've lived, and most of them will tell you that they've only ever visited out of their home city twice! Most kids talk about how it would be so cool to go to Paris and see the Eiffel Tower, and as a military kid I can actually say I've been there. How many "normal" kids can say that? I can tell you this: not many.

Acquaintance: Don't be angry with your military parent(s) if you move, leaving your friends behind. It isn't their fault. In fact, if it wasn't for them, you probably would never have moved to wherever it is you met those friends in the first place, and if knowing that doesn't help, remember to send emails, letters and texts to them, and make phone calls often.

Achievement: All of that traveling will give you very diverse experience in many different subjects, especially culture, which will help in school and other things, including competitions and extracurricular activities.

So, next time you're feeling down about moving and leaving your friends, think about what I've told you and remember the three A's.

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