Editor’s Note: We asked four students at White Sands School a series of questions for the Month of the Military Child. Each week, one or two children will be featured with their responses. Look for the compilation video on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/wsmrPublicAffairs
Abigail Rannow, 13, is a student at White Sands School whose father serves in the military.
Who serves in the military in your family? My dad is my service member. He’s served over 20 years.
Tell me a little bit about yourself? We just moved here about eight months ago. This is my seventh move. We’ve mostly lived in different places in Virginia. We’ve also lived in Kansas and Michigan.
What does being a military child mean to you? Its different experiences. It’s hard, yeah, but you get a lot out of it too, I think traveling is the biggest thing for me. Usually people say you don’t want to make work your life but in the military it kind of is but for all of the right reasons. It’s a military community and you go to school with the same people your dad works with, you go to church with the same people your dad works with, you go to the same commissary and you shop at the same places. You live with them and you grow up together in the neighborhood. It’s just different from what other people get to experience. I really don’t know any other way.
What do you like the least about being a military child? Adapting to all of the different places. Everywhere you go there’s different types of people and different ways of doing things.
How do you overcome that? You never really get used to it but I guess you learn different things about how to make it easier for yourself. When you move you really realize who your true friends are because they’re the ones that stay in touch with you. Then you realize that the people that don’t reach out to you really aren’t as big of a deal as you made them.
If you could, would you change the fact that your dad decided to serve? No, honestly I wouldn’t. I don’t even know where I would be if he wasn’t in the military. I don’t know where I would have been born or who my friends would have been.
Why do you think it’s important for people like your dad to serve? Our country needs people. It’s a selfless job.
What advice would you give other military children? Just being yourself, honestly, it sounds kind of cheesy but you shouldn’t feel like you have to change just because you’re in a different area.
Would you say it’s a sacrifice for the whole family? It is. You know, not always being with your dad especially being away with extended family like aunts and uncles and cousins and grandparents. Then you end up really cherishing the time you do get to see them, it’s more of a reunion almost.
What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be a nurse practitioner. They touch lives.
Who is your hero? My dad, honestly. He never complains about his job or having to leave, he’s always really supportive or helpful whenever we move. He’s always trying to make things easier on me.