While we’re traveling I thought it would be good to finish my Military Kid Story for you all. If you haven’t read Part 1, make sure to do that first!
Flashback to where we ended last time, when I started going to a church near where my new school would be once we moved into our house on Travis AFB. I met my best friend, Erika, that night at church. After getting along with everyone so well at youth group I decided to commute to my new school before we moved. I started there in the second semester of Freshman year. Starting a new high school in the middle of the year would have been much harder for me had I not already made a whole new group of friends that went to school with me.
I got involved with musical theater, loved my classes and loved my friends. We were all involved in different things but we had lunch together nearly every day.
We moved into our new home on base later that year and it was so great to live close to school, youth group and even closer to my doctors.
I tried cheerleading once in sophomore year and though I very much enjoyed the actual cheering part, I didn’t get along with the girls and that was one of the only times in my life where I’ve actually flat-out quit something. Sometimes you have to just get out of a situation for your own health and well-being and that’s what had to be done in that situation.
My Crohn’s flared a few times in high school and I required surgery in San Francisco once. My surgical team was great and I healed very well.
Senior year quickly approached and I needed to decide which universities to apply for. I chose all California schools but I was most interested in Southern California. If you’ve never been to California, you may not realize that Northern California and Southern California are basically different states. And as a military kid, I was ready to move again and explore something different. I was accepted to schools up and down the state but was really only interested in one, Azusa Pacific University, in the foothills of Los Angeles County. When I received my acceptance letter and a scholarship that meant I could actually afford to go to school there I was absolutely thrilled!
College was a whirlwind. I made life-long friends including my best friend and maid-of-honor Jenna, dealt with roommates for the first time and overcame challenges (like conquering a paper in less than 2 days!)
I met the love of my life in senior year. We fell head-over-heels for each other and were engaged within 5 months and married 13 months later, the day after he graduated!
I actually had my biggest TCK moment when I was filling out my graduation paperwork for college. While sitting down with the admissions office counselor, answering questions about what information they would put in the graduation pamphlet next to my name the counselor asked me where I was from. I sat there completely wide-eyed and I’m certain this was the first time she had ever heard a graduating senior answer this question in the way I did: “Um…can I call my mom and ask?” She raised an eyebrow and allowed me to call my mom so I could ask where I was from. My mom had a hard time answering the question too. We ended up deciding on the town my parents were living in at the time, even though I had never really lived there.
Growing up in the military taught me so much. I quickly learned resiliency which helped me conquer move after move and making new friends everywhere we went. I became adaptable, being okay with new circumstances and making the best of each situation.
I learned that not everyone needs to have a dozens of friends. For me, my three best friends mean the world to me and I’m so happy that they are in my life. I had a small bridal party of just those three girl friends and even though the three of them had never been in a room altogether before the week of my wedding, it was like they had known each other all their lives. I of course make new friends everywhere we live and I’m so glad to have each of them in my life.
I also learned that communication is not easy and really takes a lot of intentional work on both ends. There’s no way I would still have my three best friends in my life if we did not all work hard at our relationship. There’s just so much that goes on in each of our lives that can overtake our time. We each have to be intentional and I’m so glad that we have all stayed in touch throughout the years.
I’m so glad that I grew up the way I did and wouldn’t change it for anything!
How did you grow up? Moving around or did you live in one place all your life? What do you think were the pros of the way you grew up?
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