I realized something lately and that is the Military Service life I grew up in did me a lot of good. My dad served 21 years in the Air Force. It took me a while to fully appreciate what I learned from that life.
I would first like to start out by Thanking every man and women that has ever or is now serving in services defending and protecting our country. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL. I also want to thank their families. Unless you have grown up or been in the military life you don’t realize all the families go through and the sacrifices made many times. Moving constantly among all else. This is very hard on the families.
I grew up an Air Force brat moving every couple of years. Always the new kid on the block. Being very shy in those days it was very hard. But it was also exciting in one way and that is that I got to see and live in a lot of the US and lived in Japan and went to first grade there. Japan was beautiful and very different but fascinating to see the difference in cultures. That experience showed me a whole new world and I loved traveling even then.
Someone made a comment that set me off about another country and its people a few days back. Thinking about it made me realize how lucky I was and am because of the fact I have been able to meet many people from around the world. I have been blessed with an international view of the world. That is one thing about the service you do get. These people are my “Village” that I grew up with and learned from and saw life through their eyes even if it was for a moment.
Even when moved to Sunnyvale California our neighborhood had several different nationalities within it. Most of us have heard and know “it Takes a village to raise a child”.
My village was great. I learned so much about different people and cultures and learned we are all people and go through so many of the same things. In the service those families of the service person are a big part of that village. Again, I thank them because I know it made a great difference in my life and how I look at things.
For me it is a good thing. It has opened me up to so much just in the fact that I got to see so much and meet so many different people from different walks of life. I see everyone as an individual trying to make it in this world the best they can. Doesn’t matter what the color of their skin, or shape of their eyes are. They are just trying to survive and thrive as most of us do. I see everyone as a possible friend unless they themselves prove me wrong.
We were going Paris a few years back and we had someone tell us how rude “they” were over there and other negative things. Well i am a firm believer in you get what you put out and we went in with excitement ignoring this person’s impression. Well we were treated great everywhere we went. I don’t think I came across one rude person in my dealings. But then we went in with smiles and treated them with respect and we got it back. It was a wonderful trip. And that has been the same for all our trips. We will rob ourselves of meeting some wonderful people if we go with the attitude of other nationalities being bad or unequal to us. Oh yes you will meet many bad people in life too but remember that is an individual.
Being a service brat gave me a love of travel and meeting different people. It is wonderful to learn about others. Again, thank you to all the service families that I had in my life and for your services that you also serve with your spouse.
I also want to mention how blessed I was in my neighborhood in Sunnyvale. I had 3 “other moms” whom I grew to love and cherish and taught me a lot of things during my high school years with a lot of stuff going on. I thank you all and love you ladies! You were there for me more than you may ever know. THANK YOU and it is good to still talk to some of you after all these years. I think you will know who you are if you read this! It is not about where your from or what you are it is how you treat others.