Meet Erin and Hannah, the next in our Month of the Military Child interview series. Erin is 10 years old and in 4th grade, and Hannah is 8 years old in 3rd grade. Their dad is a member of the U.S. Army Spcecial Forces. Erin enjoys all outdoor activities, hiking, biking, running, fishing, and archery and jumping on the trampoline. She takes gymnastics and hopes to join a competition team in the fall, and has a bigger dream of competing for the Auburn University Gymnastics team. Erin enjoys cooking and spending time with her family. Hannah loves everything animals. Her favorite place to be is at the stables where she takes riding and horsemanship lessons. Hannah has set her goals high as she hopes to compete on the Auburn University Equestrian Team.
What is your favorite thing to do with your dad when he is home
Erin: "I like playing Badminton and I like riding the four wheeler with him."
Hannah:" I like to jump on the trampoline "
Have you had to move very often? If so, what has been your favorite place to live and why?
Erin: "Not too often only 3 times. My favorite place is Alabama because that is where I was born."
Hannah:"I love living here in VA because I love my house, my school, my friends and I love riding horses at the stables right by my house. I don’t ever want to move again."
What do you miss most about your dad when he is deployed?
Erin:" Hanging out with him, having him here to tuck me in and to sleep with me."
Hannah: "Getting to play with him, getting to go to the Greenway to ride bikes and snuggling with him."
What is your favorite subject in school?
Hannah: "Art, Reading, geometry, and History."
Do you know what you would like to do when you grow up?
Erin: "I want to be an archeologist or an explorer."
Hannah: "Yes, I want to be an Equine vet. or own a zoo."
Do you have any pets? What is your favorite animal?
Erin: "I have a dog a cat and two fish. My favorite animal is a flamingo."
Hannah: "My first favorite animal is a horse but I love them all."
What is it like having a parent in the military?
Erin: "It’s different because sometimes I miss out on daddy-daughter dances. Sometimes he’s not here to help me fix my toys, and he’s not here to snuggle with me."
Hannah: "I don’t really like it because I don’t get to do as much stuff with him. And when he is home he is working on homework."
Have you lived on a military base? If so, what was your favorite thing about it?
Erin: "Yes, We lived in Fayetteville, NC I liked that we lived in a neighborhood, so I had friends to play with that lived right next door. Plus we had a neighborhood pool and my mommy would let us get a cookie every day after her gym work out. We went to the library a few times a week and we played at the park. That was a very fun time."
Hannah: "We could walk to the pool in our neighborhood. I liked the mushroom that poured water on our heads. I had lots of friends right next door. We live in the country now so we have to plan playdates."
What is the best thing about having a parent in the military?
Erin: "I often get things from foreign places because he travels a lot. It also makes me appreciate the time I have with him."
Hannah: "He usually brings neat things home to me. And I really anticipate him coming home."
What would you like other people to know about being part of a military family?
Erin: "It a big sacrifice, because you miss out on time with your parent and they miss out on activities that you might do. But it’s worth it because my daddy is sacrificing to keep all of us safe."
What activities do you participate in (dance, sports, music, art, etc)?
Erin: "Gymnastics and I take Violin lessons."
Hannah: "I take horseback riding lessons."
How has participating in an activity helped you?
Erin: " I’m gaining physical strength and flexibility, I have something to focus on and work towards. I also like being able to show my daddy my improvements when he comes home."
Hannah: "I get to learn new things about the horses and how to take care of them, and it gives me something to look forward to every week. I wish I could be there 2-3 times a week."
April is designated as the Month of the Military Child, recognizing the unique sacrifice that military children and families make when a parent is a member of the Armed Forces. In honor of the Month of the Military Child, Alpha is proud to feature a series of interviews with military children from various branches of the Armed Forces. This was made possible through Our Military Kids, an organization that sponsors grants for the children of military personal and wounded veterans. Stay tuned for more interviews throughout the month of April!