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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21. Fact 17: Your Friends Are Either Fascinated or Terrified.

All right, story time.

 

After I had lived in Missouri for a good year, I gained a new neighbor who was an Army Brat.

 

Not gonna lie, I lowkey had the biggest crush on him, but that's not important.

 

We started hanging out a lot(though we never did end up dating. . . Bummer) and he ended up meeting my dad and literally, like within seconds, they instantly clicked and began to bond over things like their love for martial arts(Dear Lord, it was the best thing ever to see this boy bust out some of his ninja moves. . .), this guy's motive to join the military and my dad sharing stories with him.

 

I was a little jealous, to be honest, but then I was like, 'Okay, this is the opposite of a bad situation because dad could be threatening to bring out his gun right now instead of talking about Taekwondo tournaments.'

 

On the other hand, a lot of the civilian friends that I ended up making were so fucking terrified of this Vehicle Ops Instructor(His newest occupation that he acquired when we moved to Missouri) that, instead of me inviting them over to my house, they always invited me over to theirs because they were afraid that they would say the wrong thing and he would go into 'Instructor Meets Arrogant Airman' mode and scream at them.

But like, if anyone ever meets my dad, they're a little intimidated at first because he(Like me) has something known as a 'resting bitch face'. . . Only times like 3,000. But in the end, and once they get to know him, they find out that he's this really chill guy and laughs a lot(Also like me)!

 

But it's like that with all military personnel.

 

Like, when I first met my cousin's(Atla--Military cousin) dad, I thought he would beat the hell out of a stuffed teddy bear if it's beady glass eyes looked at him wrong.

But that turned out not to be the case(Unless you were an arrogant airman, then in that case, look at what mode could be triggered from above), because he was the biggest teddy bear I have ever met.

 

It's kind of hilarious.

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