December 21, 2017
From the desk of: Melanie Oliveira
With the holidays fast approaching, there is one big, important aspect that sticks out in my mind: family. Amid the craziness of the season, it is important to remember that the best part of the holidays is spending quality time with those you love. It’s a wonderful opportunity to disconnect with everyday stresses and reconnect with what life is really all about; friends, family, love, and spreading warmth and smiles. Often times, the people you look forward to seeing over the holidays are people that you love but you don’t get to see often. For my family, the person we are most looking forward to spending time with is my brother.
Spending time with family creates positive energy, which is enhanced by even the simplest holiday traditions. Our favorite holiday tradition is making breakfast all together, before we even open gifts. This will be our first holiday with my brother as a member of the United States Navy and we are so lucky to be able to have him at home with us. My younger brother joined the Navy right out of high school. He left for boot camp in February and moved to Florida immediately after. We are so proud of the man that he is becoming, but we miss him like crazy! It has been quite the adjustment living at home without him, but luckily we have technology like FaceTime to keep in touch.
Before my brother joined the Navy, I never knew how strong the members of military families were. Loving someone in the military is not an easy job. Thousands of people across the United States are in the same boat as my family and I. These families are missing their loved ones as they serve our country and are always praying that they return home safe. Unfortunately, some families are not as lucky as mine and their loved ones will not be returning home for the holidays. Those families will be missing their loved ones as they participate in their own holiday traditions, but they will also be creating new ones.
With that in mind, as family and loved ones surround you this holiday season, try to remember the ones that are less fortunate than you. Keep in mind the families that are missing a loved one, whether they are in the military or elsewhere.
To everyone that is serving or has served: Thank you for your service!