Pv: What It’s like to be in a military family.

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Samaya White Lightning, Staff Reporter

Growing up with a Military Mom and Step-Dad was hard. My family was and has always been really hectic. I was born and raised in North Dakota for the first four and a half years of my life. In total I have five brothers and one sister and one biological parent and one step parent. My story about my biological dad isn’t like any other, but it sure is a story for another time.                                                                                                                                                                                                     For the years I did live in North Dakota I lived with my two cousins, my Auntie Sunni, My Grandma, My oldest brother, and my Mom in a four bedroom two bathroom one floor house and I got to say it wasn’t always easy for me and my mom. When me and my mom and one of my brothers lived with my grandma, my sister and one of my brothers lived with their dad, another lived with their aunt, one hadn’t been born yet, and the last one that I have never met lived and still lives with their mom.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 First, my mom left for awhile to Tennessee and when she came back she came back with this guy and at this time I was just about five and she basically said we are moving…and that is what we did. It isn’t the best memory because I had to leave everyone and everything I had ever known and it was hard. We moved Tennessee and for the first time ever I had my own room and I loved at and I was the only child in the house till my youngest brother was born. It was hard at first but then I got use to it because they got me and dog and a cat.                                                                                                                                                                                   Soon enough my brother and sister came to live with us so we had to move again but this time it was only to Kentucky and it wasn’t that bad but I still went to a whole new school. My oldest brother still came to visit but since my mom was young when she had him, ever since he was born my grandma had custody of him. We ended up moving back to Tennessee but still a different area.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              At this point is when I realized what the Military was and that there were different parts. My mom was in the Army but now she is a Veteran and my step-dad is still in the army. Being in a military family makes you stronger in many different ways…like you learn to be more independent because your parents aren’t always around. You learn to be more responsible and learn to be more thankful for things because being in a military family you don’t know what could happen so like one day they could be there and the next day they may not be. So that’s why you have to learn to be strong for them.