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Thursday, June 27, 2013

One-on-One With My Military Kids

Home Front: Diaries of a Vermont military family

Posted By on Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Chandler, Chase and Charlie Lehman - PHOTO BY LUANN BAILEY PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Photo by Luann Bailey Photography
  • Chandler, Chase and Charlie Lehman

Chandler, Chase and Charlie Lehman
  • Photo by Luann Bailey Photography
  • Chandler, Chase and Charlie Lehman

In an effort to better understand how my kids feel about being a military family with their dad deployed, I thought it would be enlightening to interview them. You never know what kids are going to say, am I right?! I wrote up a list of questions and had my mom interview the boys, thinking they’d be more candid with her.

Chase, my 9-year-old, didn’t answer all of the questions. He’s had the hardest time of all my boys during this deployment. When their dad is able to talk with them, Chase doesn’t want anything to do with it. It’s been heart-wrenching to watch him struggle so deeply with his dad’s absence.

We’ve all struggled, but I can see a growth in my boys that I know would never have come otherwise. While most kids are innocent and naive about war, military kids are forced to grasp grown-up thoughts and feelings. They’re constantly confronted with troubling news reports and even casual comments from friends about bombs and terrorists. Our fight at home hasn’t been won with jets and gunfire, but with patience, hope and courage.

I’m happy to say that our boys have shown their resilience and strength, just like their dad. And, if I do say so myself, they’ve learned a thing or two from their mom, too.

Here’s what they had to say about it.

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Tasha Lehman

Tasha Lehman

Bio:
Tasha Lehman is a mother of three boys living in Williston. Her husband, Matt, is a first lieutenant in the Vermont Air National Guard who recently headed overseas for his first deployment. The “Home Front: Diaries from a Vermont military family” series chronicles their journey. Read more about their story in February’s “Use Your Words” essay.

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