A new author – One Army Mama Bear
Ladies and Gentlemen of ParentsZone – it’s my great pleasure to introduce a new author to our site – One Army Mama Bear (we’ll call her 1AMama Bear for short) 1AMama Bear is the mother of 4 (3 boys, 1 girl), grandma of 2. Her grandson was born in May and is 9 months old, crawling and getting into everything. His cousin came from China in the same month, as a wonderful 9 month old – and 1AMama Bear is taking a year leave of absence from her job as a media assistant in a public high school to be nannie and indulgent nanna!
Her youngest son – let’s call him Max- joined the Army in September 2006, and got married right out of Basic. They are stationed at Ft. Hood, and Max is deployed right now. According to 1AMama Bear.
“This is our first deployment … it is what I expected and it isn’t what I expected. I joined a Military Family Support Group nearby so that I could support Max and his wife – had no idea how much that group was going to support ME. Maxine has been wonderful sharing information with me. This would be much harder if things were different. I’ve encouraged Max to use his limited telephone time to stay in touch with his wife. Of course we want phone calls, but MORE I want his marriage to survive and not just survive – I want it to THRIVE.
I never liked the in-law thing … so I call my girls, my daughters-in-love because they came to our family through love rather than birth. It’s how I feel about all three of them. My daughter is blessed now to have three sisters in addition to her three brothers.”
Please join me in welcoming One Army Mama Bear to the PZ family. Her first column will be on tomorrow.