Republished from my original post dated: Feb. 22, 2014
Yesterday, I took my mother to the VA for an eye appointment. You know those eye dilation drops. You can’t drive for awhile afterward. While waiting in the waiting room, I was again reminded of what it must have been like for a woman in the military.
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Every single patient in that place was a man. My mother was the only woman. She joined the Army in 1974 and served our country for nearly 21 years. There may be a lot of women in the military now, but in 1974, I can’t even imagine what it must have been like for her. AND, she didn’t join only for a few years. She was in it for the long haul.
I know that many people have commented on my Facebook wall about the amount of work that I do in my daily life. I’ve been jokingly called “Super Woman”. But, my friends, the real Super Woman is my mother.
During her nearly 21 years in the Army, she was also raising two children. She was taking every class she could, in every correspondence-offered curriculum and, through many years of hard work, earned a Bachelor’s Degree during her “free” time, while still being a full-time soldier. She even served during Desert Storm, one of the very first women to arrive there!
Those photos you see of soldiers coming home from war and being greeted by their pets? I have one of my mother being greeted by her precious little Brandy.
She sacrificed so much for our country and I am very proud of my mother (although it is still pretty hard for me to imagine her in any setting where she’s carrying around a rifle all the time. She says I’m in denial. LOL)
So, my friends, for those of you thinking I may be Super Woman, the real Super Woman is my mother. She’s the one who taught me the value of hard work, loyalty and diligence. She is the real Super Woman.
During her first tour of duty (we were at Ft. Huachuca, Arizona), I remember her studying very hard and she was the Armed Forces Day Queen that year. I don’t know all of what was involved with that, but I definitely remember her studying for it. You had to answer a lot of regulation related questions.
I share this with you, not on Veteran’s Day, because my mother deserves this recognition on every single day of the year. 🙂