Brat Facts

I come from this close-knit family of Brats.
Military Brats, that is.

We go through all of the horrors a military family entails. We face the hardships of our parent being gone for many months at a time and having to learn how to be strong without them.
Sometimes. . . It's a nightmare.

But despite all of the troubled skies that we most often have to face, I know I wouldn't trade this life for anything.



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15. Fact 13: Having to Grow Up Too Fast.

I have 4 siblings. An older brother(granted, he is a half-brother and lived with his mom in Oklahoma, but that doesn't mean he isn't as big a part of my family as the others are), an older sister(Another half sibling, but she lived with us), and a younger brother(Full sibling. I wished we got along like it).

 

My dad was deployed quite a few times when we were growing up, and we were left with my mom.

 

My mom did a wonderful job of raising us when my dad wasn't able to help out from where he was at in the middle east.

 

But sometimes, things would get a little tough on us.

 

My younger brother is the baby of the family and used to need my mom's attention more often than when my sister or I did.

 

And my sister, bless her heart, used to be a trouble-maker and had a lot of health issues.

 

So most of my mom's time and energy was spent trying to corral my sister and her sometimes reckless ways and looking out for my brother.

 

And she didn't have much help on this while my dad was gone.

 

So I decided that it would be me who had to step it up.

 

I did chores around the house, I tried to be strong when my mom wasn't, I tried(but sometimes failed) to get along with my siblings, I tried to never argue with my mom because she didn't need that.

 

It was little things like that. Though it probably didn't have much impact from their standpoint, but I thought I was contributing a lot.

 

I had to grow up a little. 

 

Because someone had to help her out. 

 

You don't learn to do that without a little push, and most of us Brats have that push when our parent is on deployment.

 

We learn a new life skill, and we grow up a little bit.

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