The Legacy of a Military Mom…

by | Sep 20, 2012

 Hidden Struggles of Military Spouses  Quote from this website…

“If you are reading this, you should know that I am dead,” wrote a 27-year-old Army wife on her blog last year, before she attempted to take her own life. Jessica Harp’s blog post rippled through the military spouse community. I know what she feels like. It could have been me. Suddenly, the struggles of military spouses made it to the national stage.
And there are lots of them. Of course there are the extended separations, keeping house by your lonesome, the uncertainty of where your partner is or what they’re doing or if they’re in harm’s way. But the military spouse endures so many other less obvious trials. And while these are shared daily in the military spouse community, particularly in its highly active online arm, they’re probably rarely discussed by most Americans who are preoccupied with their own work-family issues.

Jessica Harp

Marcella C. Sparks and Son, Stephen

The above link and article along with the photo of Jessica reminded me that my own Mother,  Marcella,  was just 27 when I was born on July 6, 1946.  Mom waited all of WWII with first son, Jerry, for Dad, Vernon, to return home.  When visiting with Mother this past week, she was telling me about how scared she was most of the time during WWII.  Even though she had a telephone, there were no phone calls.  There was the rare letter.  But mostly, she didn’t know from one day to the next where her husband was nor whether he was safe, wounded, or alive.  Mother is a survivor, like all military moms and spouses of the past and on this day too…  We should take time each day to honor military moms and spouses everywhere.  I am proud of my Mom, and feel grateful she is still with us and can share her experiences and we can honor her service to America too… 

Steve Sparks
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story

About the author

Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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