On a personal note, my Marine came home last Thursday. We waited for hours in anticipation 100 degree weather in dusty 29 Palms, listening for the announcement their company was on its way. What a thrill it was to see his platoon marching up the road after 7 months of praying, worrying, emailing, skyping, waiting, and hoping he and his men came back unscathed. As we sat there amongst various, mostly young families, I couldn’t help but notice the strong heroes around me. There were women who held down the fort while their husbands were away, there were babies who had not met their fathers yet, and there were Moms, like me, who were waiting for the hero they raised to return home. All of these people are heroes at home–those who fight behind the scenes to keep our heroes in uniform safe on the field.
Characteristics of a Hero at Home
I’ve heard it said that if you follow your passion, you’ll never work a day in your life. Well, my passion is military families because we are one! I’ve given over 100 presentations of my “Heroes at Home” Conference in six countries and dozens of states including Hawaii (what a hardship tour that was!). In each and every venue I get to meet military members, spouses, kids and parents who love America and know what it means to serve.
I’ve been asked to please post the Top Ten Characteristics of a Hero at Home as a written version of what I speak about in these military venues. So today’s blog is dedicated to you, the hero at home. You may have your servicemember with you, they may be deployed, or they may be due back home any day.
The Top Ten Qualities of a Hidden Hero
1. Sense of Humor: An ability to laugh at oneself and with each other.
2. Flexibility: What it’s called when you create an elaborate candlelight dinner and farm out the kids for the night, and your husband calls to say he’s not coming home because they have an inspection coming up.
3. Courageous: The ability to wave good-bye for the two-hundredth time, fight back the tears, smile, and say, “I love you, I’m proud of you, and I’ll be all right.”
4. Extraordinary: An ability to move fifteen thousand pounds of household goods in twenty-four hours.
5. Strong: Nerves of steel (for all those close calls and near misses).
6. Patriotic: Unashamed to shed a tear during the presentation of the colors or the singing of the national anthem.
7. Faith-Full: Brimming over with faith in God and true to your country.
8. Independent: Confident during solo parenting gigs, but ready to move to interdependence when the spouse comes back home.
9. Acronym Reader: The ability to decode three-letter acronyms (TDY, PCS, UOD, MRE, OIC, SOF, BDU, SOL, etc.).
10. Superhero: The capability to conquer new lands, stay in touch with old friends, keep the home fires burning, jump buildings in a single bound, and stay out of the funny farm.
Which characteristic is your favorite and which one do you need to work on today?