August 2020 is over, already. Finally. What a month of highs and lows. The weather was fantastic, full on summer, heat and rain, gardens and fields heavy with harvest here in “la belle province”. The leaves still only tinged with a shy blush of promise for brilliant autumn raiment to come. And now fall is … More August 2020. Light and Dark.
July went by fast. Sometimes I hope the whole year, this year of the pandemic, would just be over with already. Then I remember, and tell myself, “You’re not getting any younger! Don’t wish your life away. Live and Adapt.” So I try, as well as possible, what with all the “new normal” ways to … More July 2020. Normal, Outside.
Where are you from? Where is “home”? Is home where you grew up as a child? Is it where you graduated high school? Where you got married? Is home where you live now? Well, for me and many military brats, yes, to all of the above. We’ve had many homes and even a few hometowns. … More Home. Again and Again.
I’m lucky to still have my Dad around. His health isn’t the best anymore, and I live far enough away that I only get one, maybe two visits a year. But yes, lucky, and even luckier that he’s started to share more of his military stories with me now, more than I ever knew growing … More Father’s Day 2020. My Military Dad
This is a confusing time for me. I’ve been watching documentaries all week about the space race and missions, and especially the moon landing of 50 years ago. What an exciting, inspiring era I grew up in! But today, July 15, marks an unhappy family anniversary. It was on this day 20 years ago that … More My Mother; The Moon Landing: July 1969; July 1999
As a military kid then spouse, I can’t remember how many times I’ve crossed the country by car. It seems all the postings were from East to West or vice versa. I won’t bore you here with the wheres to wheres – If you read my book Camp Follower One Army Brat’s Story by Michele … More Travel : Road Trip 2019, Northern Ontario
I’ve lived in many places throughout Canada, and even Germany: I was a military brat with no hometown. Now in retirement, I realize that everywhere I’ve ever lived holds a little piece of me, a little calling, a tugging to return. I finally visited one former province, Newfoundland and Labrador, to see the capital city … More Travel: St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
April is the month of the military child. How times have changed (for the better) since I grew up on army bases in the 1960s and 70s, throughout Canada and Germany! And then I became an Air Force wife and mother, with their own unique military spouse challenges! So now in retirement, as an “immigrant” … More April, Month of the Military Child
When my son was deployed to Mali, Africa, I admit I didn’t know how I felt. I grew up an Army kid. I lived all over Canada and in Germany, too. My dad was away often. Then I married a fellow army kid in Petawawa, and he joined the Air Force. So I lived a … More Brat to Wife to Mom
I know Christmas Day is still a week away, but for me, Christmas Season is well underway and almost over. I don’t know if it’s because we’re a military family, with members spread far and wide, or because we’re just a normal family, with grown children and expanded families of their own to attend – … More Christmas Season 2018 in pictures