Military moms: Sharing the holidays with a soldier

Lynn Pipitone, California

I think about my soldier son serving in Afghanistan every few hours throughout the day. I wonder what he’s doing, if he’s warm and mostly if he’s staying safe. When I talk to him I make sure I stay supportive and positive. I hang on every word he shares about his duties and his daily life. Christmas is a time for families to be together, make memories and enjoy family traditions, but this year an important piece of our family will be missing. We all want it to feel like it’s just another Christmas but it’s not. Adam’s presence is missed so much.

I worry about him missing everyone at the holidays… we all have each other but he’s alone… he does have his Army buddies. To bring him a little bit of ‘home’ on Christmas I sent a stocking with the same items he receives each year… so it seems familiar. It made me feel better, hopefully it makes him feel better too.

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