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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Five Years of Lessons as a Soldier's Mom

My last blog post for PBS Point of View: Regarding War is up... I share some of the lessons I have learned as Some Soldier's Mom:


This month marks five years that I have blogged about the experience of being a soldier's mom. It has been five years since I stood at Fort Benning and tearfully (later hysterically) said farewell to my youngest son and his Army brothers ("my guys") as they left for Iraq. These five years have been a wild and horrific — and wonderful — ride. Today I share the most intense of the lessons I have learned.

1. Life really is frail. [snip]

2. There really are no words to comfort the mother or father or spouse or siblings of a soldier who has died.  [snip]


Read them all  at Conversations: Coming Home and add yours in the comments!

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At 3/08/2010 1:54 PM , OpenID hugyourkids said...

1. Life really is frail. [snip]

2. There really are no words to comfort the mother or father or spouse or siblings of a soldier who has died. [snip]

Great advice. I started Global Hug Your Kids Day in 2008, spurred by the sudden death of my son Mark. Now when someone's child dies, I often get asked for the "magic words" to take away the pain. They don't exist. The best you can do is hug your kids and spouse/ partner when they're alive. Builds good memories and avoids regrets.

Global Hug Your Kids Day is Monday, July 19 this year. We're also launching OperationHUG - the military part of Hug Your Kids. Can you help me spread the word? Give me suggestions? www.OperationHug.com Thanks!
Michelle Nichols, who loves our country and our kids.

 

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