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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9. Fact 7: Maximum Experience in Moving. Get On Our Level.

My family and I bought our very first house last year.


Before living in this house, I had never fully unpacked. There was an unopened box or two of mine in my closet, in the attic, in the garage, that I had never bothered unpacking because I knew that sooner or later we would be moving again.

 

A few months ago after we fully got settled into this house, I sat staring at these boxes that had my name scrawled on them in crayon with my younger self's handwriting.

 

It took me forever to open them and unpack them.

I honestly think that I wasn't ready to come to terms with the fact that I wouldn't be moving anymore.

I wasn't ready for this part of my life to be over.

 

It was surreal.

 

Eventually, though, I did get around to unpacking them, and within them I found old books that I used to read, snowglobes and porcelain carousels, and scattered figures of the animals from My Littlest Pet Shop.

 

It was a weird day filled with many mixed emotions.

 

That being said, us Brats are master packers.

Given just a day, I could probably have all of my clothes, books, and contents of my desk packed away in a box and loaded onto a truck by supper time.

 

It's like we have a super power.

Which is pretty freaking amazing.

 

Something that really grates on my nerves, though, is when civilian kids complain about living in one town for their whole life and wanting to be just like you and move around and travel the world. 

Sure, it sounds like a charmed life, but how dare you. 

I can't speak for other Brats here, but personally, I would have loved to grow up in just one town. Become so close with other people in said town and have a home.

We don't have just one place to call home. Our home is everywhere.

 

Actually, no, I lied.

I understand how living in just one place can get kind of boring. Old. Cumbersome.

And moving can be a lot of fun.

I think I just like the idea of having the option to stay in one place.

Because always having to uproot your whole life sometimes can get kind of annoying.

 

Another thing that really ruffles my majestic little eagle feathers is when civilians say how they understand our struggle because they moved houses once and it was absolutely exhausting.

Like, no.

Try moving every 2-3 years, you'll see what exhausting really feels like.

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