To my mother, a first grade teacher for 30 years, every day was an opportunity to make a difference in the life of some squirmy, rag tag, grubby little six-year-old. And cussing, therefore, was out of the question.
President Barack Obama called upon all Americans to join him “in expressing our heartfelt thanks to the members of the National Guard and Reserve and their civilian employers” as he proclaimed Aug. 16 through Aug. 22, as National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week.
As the dawn broke out over the mountains, I woke up to the sun peeping through my window. Once I got up I went straight to the kitchen to make my family breakfast yet in the back of my mind, all I could think about was, “how am I going to manage taking care of my children, dogs and work life.” Just the thought of knowing I’ll have twice the amount of things to do at home all while balancing my military work, made my heart sink a bit.
I know—it’s summer, and we’re all hitting the pool, taking leave and generally filling up our time with fun stuff. But it’s also a critical time for food banks to fill up their shelves so they can continue serving less fortunate families.