After a child enlists in the military, you may find yourself developing talents you never knew you had!
Posted in , Jul 1, 2016
Parents with a child in the military realize there’s a whole new set of challenges we have to master, from packing to prayer to telling military time at a glance. Here’s a quick list of amazing new skill sets I've developed over the years after my son enlisted:
I can fill out the multiple, necessary post office forms in record time to send that box.
My prayer life began to grow after my son joined the Marines and was eventually deployed to the Mideast. I found that immersing myself in the Bible helped me cope with the anxiety of the unknown as well as understanding God on a deeper level.
4) Military Precision
I've developed a kind of sonar for military personnel–I can immediately spot a man or woman in uniform across a crowded room, in a public gathering or at any airport.
5) Immediate Cell Phone Access
When my son was deployed, I never lost my cell phone. I managed to keep it constantly charged and within instant reach for months on end because I never knew when he might be able to give me a quick call from wherever he was in the world.
6) Appreciation of Brevity
I grew to understand all the love and care poured into a single-sentence email from a deployed son under time pressure.
I can still tell at a glance if someone has ever served in the military, even out of uniform. They have a certain air about them–a combination of posture and attitude that's instantly recognizable.
8) Patience Never Before Attained
I developed almost inhuman patience with civilian friends who said, “I haven’t seen or heard from my child in over a week.” When my son was deployed, I never knew when, or if, I would hear from him again.
9) Instant Military Time Calculation
I never used to think of 2pm as 14:00. But when I understood that my son ONLY used military time, it became ingrained, especially after missing a precious phone call due to miscalculation.
10) Praying for Strangers
My daily prayer list always contains the names of soldiers I know only because I've met their friends and family somewhere in a line or at a gathering. In the military, we support each other through prayer, even those we barely know.
As a military family, what new skill sets have you developed? Please share with us below.