Sunday, April 05, 2009

Military Brats: Our Journey Home


Rob said...

Great video! Been there, done that! 10 schools between kindergarden and high school graduation. East coast, west coast, Iceland & Japan. I can't wait for my wife to see this video. Now she might understand!

Anam Cara said...

I'm sending this to my kids.

We homeschooled up through 8th grade (one child though 10th), but even so, each child went to at least 2 high schools and one can count 3 high schools in 4 years!

Brad Miter said...

I attended some 8 schools + college. I loved every minute of change, my sister was miserable after several of the moves as we never did attend an army school where, I suspect, newcomers were treated well. Once she adjusted, though, I think she treasures our upbringing. The only truly bad part was the 3 1/2 years my father was gone in the European Theater during WWII. That was the toughest part for me but my mother took care that I had good schools in Arlington/Alexandria during that time.

BabyBlue said...

I grew up a "Navy Junior" (the Navy always has to be different!). But there are some differences, in that - until Hawaii - I never lived on base or in housing, the Navy usually lives in the community. I've learned actually that Navy Bases didn't even exist until World War II. So there are some differences and some of that will have to do with community - or perhaps the lack of a military community for Navy brats, er juniors. On one hand we weren't isolated on posts or bases, but on the other hand we didn't have that military community and often had to assimilate into whatever culture or community we lived in.

However, this film (and another one that I once saw at the Smithsonian that actually brought tears to my eyes while I was standing there in the museum) on military kids resonates with me.

I do love the question - where are you from? I thought that was just me! I have never known how to answer that. Never. I have picked Hawaii because I loved it best and I lived there longest. But am I from there? Am I from anywhere? No.