Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Being a Marine Mom

Along with being a caregiver for my mom, I'm also a mom and grandma. One of our children is a 20-year-old US Marine. He's deployed right now to Afghanistan and we listen for the phone every day in hopes that he has a moment to call and let us know how he's doing. We've attended two deployment events and one homecoming for our Marine. It is such a good feeling when my husband and I can travel up to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and welcome him home, along with his battalion. There's nothing like seeing all those young faces, so resolute and determined to be strong and protect our country and freedom. It was a very special event for my husband and me.

It's a LOT harder to attend the deployment event so we can hug him and tell him "see you soon, hurry home and stay safe."

At all of these events, one of the things the Marine Moms especially enjoy is hugging every young Marine we can. At homecoming we are impatient as our Marines make their appearance (Finally! There he is!! Look how tall he's gotten!), stand in formation, then are dismissed and join the groups of family and friends who await them. Now the hugs really begin to fly!

Hugs are a specialty we moms can serve up any time, and they are warm, friendly, and welcoming. There's something so encouraging about a warm hug.

As caregivers, we can encourage others with our hugs each day. And we can be encouraged, too. If your loved one is able to hug you or be hugged, then share that gift each day. There's something about the connection of human touch that is so vital to our well being.

Here's something I read about hugs recently, and I wanted to share it with you. I hope you are encouraged, and I hope you get--and give!--a hug today.

Caregiver at Home

What's So Great About Hugs?
There is no such thing as a bad hug,
only good ones and great ones.
They're not fattening and they don't cause cancer
or cavities.
They're all natural with no preservatives, artificial
ingredients, or pesticide residue.
They're cholesterol free, naturally sweet,
one hundred percent wholesome,
and they're a completely renewable, natural resource.
They don't require batteries, tune-ups, or x-rays.
They are non-taxable, fully returnable,
and energy efficient.
They're safe in all kinds of weather.
In fact, they're especially good for cold or rainy days
and they're exceptionally effective in treating
problems like bad dreams or the Monday Blahs.
Never wait until tomorrow to hug someone you could hug today!
~ Author Unknown

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