Just imagine you are sitting in traffic while not so silently griping about the car in front of you that is sluggishly moving along in the passing lane.
Other than the irritation of not getting to work fast enough, your day is pretty mundane.
Between grocery shopping, dance lessons, karate, and soccer, you are exhausted but miraculously manage to get dinner on the table. You go to bed at night only to do it all over again the next day.
A typical day for us may seem a tad monotonous at times. These seemingly mundane tasks are amazing compared to what other families are going through.
I am talking about military families.
These are the unsung heroes that have to live and navigate many obstacles while their loved one is deployed.
When a serviceman or woman is deployed, their spouse has to keep things together. The insurmountable tasks of wiping noses, paying bills, vehicle maintenance, meal preparation, household repairs and projects... everything falls on their shoulders.
Even when a military member is not deployed, the family is at the mercy of a rather arduous schedule. Missions, countless hours of PT and other military work involved. Sometimes, the spouse is even forced to leave their job.
A child's first words and first steps can be bitter sweet. Military families often do not have the luxury of reveling in these sweet moments.
Military families are constantly adapting and adjusting their schedules to accommodate their loved one in service.They can pick up at a moment's notice, wipe every tear, hug until their arms hurt and do whatever it takes to support their loved one in service. Oftentimes, they will do it alone.
I am in awe of the resiliency, patience and exemplary support of these individuals. I imagine the heartache and sacrifices being made daily. I wonder who supports them.
How can you show your appreciation for military families? You can give the gift of time, cook or deliver a meal, fix a window, help with household chores, or offer to take their kids for a few hours.
Here's another link on how you can get involved and help support military families:
When you are supporting military families, you are supporting those who are protecting us.
In honor of Military Appreciation Month, I would like to say thank you to all the military families who are on the front lines of the men and women who serve us.
I will be honoring military families during my inaugural "We Give Back" program. If you have a military serviceman or woman in your family, learn how you can take advantage of this program by clicking here.
***Content of this article was inspired by fellow massage therapist author and teacher, Allissa Haines. You can visit her website at: http://writingabluestreak.com.