Next up in our Military Children interview series is Kathryn. She is six years old, and will be seven this summer! Her favorite colors are green, blue and pink, and her favorite ice cream flavor is mint (just like daddy). Kathryn enjoys Taekwondo and going to the movies with mom (and dad when he is around). Kathryn's father is a member of the Army National Guard.
Question: What is your favorite subject in school? Do you know what you want to be when you grow up?
Kathryn: "My favorite subjects are Art and library. When I grow up I want to be a teacher!"
Question: How many siblings do you have?
Kathryn: "I have one little sister who is 18 months old."
Question: Do you have any pets?
Kathryn: "I have a big fish tank with glowing fish and I do have a dog named Kelby. My nana (grandmother) takes care of Kelby in her house because we moved a lot and now we live in a small place."
Question: What activities do you participate in?
Kathryn: "Taekwondo, swimming for right now but I will start my piano lessons very soon."
Question: How has participating in an activity helped you?
Kathryn: "They've helped me make new friends and to develop new skills."
Question: What is your favorite thing to do with your dad when he is home?
Kathryn: "My favorite thing to do when dad is home is to ride my bike while he runs. We love to go outdoors and race each other."
Question: Have you had to move very often? What has been your favorite place to live and why?
Kathryn: "Yes. My favorite place that we've lived has been Long Beach, Mississippi, because I like to go to the pool with my friends Annabeth and Trinity. And I also like that I walked with my mom and dad to the beach every day. Sometimes we saw the sunsets and we also flew wish lanterns on the beach. Mississippi was a lot fun!"
Question: What do you miss most about your dad when he is deployed?
Kathryn: "I miss how he played with me every day and we read together every night at bed time. And also when he kisses me goodnight."
Question: What is it like having a parent in the military?
Kathryn: "It is difficult because I cannot see him very often."
Question: What is the best thing about having a parent in the military?
Kathryn: "That he protects the country and that he is a good soldier."
Question: What would you like other people to know about being part of a military family?
Kathryn: "That my family travels a lot and that we have a lot of friends in different states."
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!