I never thought of myself as heroic. In fact I am quite average in my community of fellow Navy EOD spouses. My husband takes bombs apart for a living and while my daily focus is always on how heroic HE is, this post is about how heroic moms can be, and I think Navy EOD spouse moms take the prize on this one.
In my close circle of friends, 4 out of 5 of us have had children when our husbands were deployed either to Iraq or Afghanistan. One of us has a husband who lost both legs when he stepped on a mine in Afghanistan, and two of us have lost our husbands.
Our “normal” situations are anything but normal, and our lives are continuously focused on our husbands, the mission, the country.
- We man the fort at home with a newborn, and in my case a newborn and a 15 month old alone.
- We support the kids in our community by filling in the gaps where dads would normally be.
- We give our kids the strength and resiliency to live with the stress of war.
- We watch the news and sometimes allow ourselves to watch and ask “what if?”
One thing about my life and that of my friends is that we hardly ever question what would happen if we were to lose each other. What happens if my family loses me? I do everything for my family. If I go, my kids’ world will fall apart, my husband’s life will fall apart.
Military spouses are used to gaining the confidence and resiliency support ourselves and one another if our husband’s should die. However, we forget about what would happen if the family lost us.
So I opened up a life insurance policy on myself.
It felt morbid at the time, but I am worth a lot to my kids. I am their hero and I felt even more heroic after conquering my own fear of dying. If anything happens to me, at least I know that my kids will be taken care of financially.
Every mom is a hero and every mom should focus on their importance in their children’s lives. Being a mom is hard work, and I know I fall short a LOT.
But at the end of the day, my kids are clean and fed and I can sleep soundly knowing I have done everything I can to protect them. Whether that is change the channel when the news is reporting the war, taking them to play baseball (a sport that I secretly loathe). I am a military spouse mom, and I am a hero.
I know you have a hero mom of your own. Perhaps you see her when you look in the mirror and never stopped to believe it.
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