I took me a while, but I was finally able to finish the Might Moms of Walter Reed book. I am sad that I am just now getting around to write about it. If you don't have a copy you should get one today!! I'll make it easy on you, click here. Your purchase supports the families you will be reading about, so make sure you pick one up.
ordered mine as soon as it came out, but I found myself finding reasons
to not read it. Why?! Because I have met all 10 Moms. I have cried with
a few of the Moms. I know some of the stories the book did not tell. I
know details that go way beyond the pages of this book. At times I had a
hard time reading it, because their stories are not just pages in a
book to me. These stories are stories about a few of my friends.
Chaz nailed it when he told me that I was just way to close to subject. This book was like Black Hearts
for me, except this time I knew the battle from both sides. With Black
Hearts, I only knew Chaz's side and what it was like for us back home.
With the Mighty Moms, I just knew way too much.
parents at Walter Reed have always amazed me. The ones I have gotten to
know have demonstrated what unconditional love truly is. I feel they
have served as some great examples for how I can be a better parent to
our girls. During our time there, I was able to develop some amazing
bonds. We have been outraged together, laughed together and cried
together. We all might be on a different journey but we were all brought
to the starting line for the same reason....catastrophic injury.
can tell you the stories of how these Moms came into our lives. I can
tell you stories about some of their sons walking for the first time
again. I can tell you stories about visiting their sons in their
hospital rooms. I can tell you stories of the pretty darn good laughs we
had over some of the ignorance we saw there at Walter Reed. I can tell
you about some pretty delicious meals we shared together. I can tell you
stories of when we held hands and cried. I can tell you this book only
gave you a very, very small glimpse into how mighty these Moms really
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone
wanting to get a little glimpse inside the stories of Walter Reed. The
side of the non-spousal caregiver is very rarely seen. The book provides
you with ten stories of the rare and unseen. Most of America thinks
every soldier is happily married and the spouse is right next to them
helping them fight the fight. Sadly this is just not true.
only problem with the book was at times I felt a divide was being
portrayed between the Moms and the wives at Walter Reed. Of course the
Moms are going to bond together and of course the wives are going to
bond together, but I did not feel excluded from the friendship with the
Moms at any time. I actually feel like we were all one family. At one
point in the book, it seemed like the Moms were on this side and the
wives like myself were on the other, yeah no, that's not how it was for
me. I know several other wives that have the same feeling that I have.
These Moms are so loving and welcoming. I have had other readers asked
me if I picked up on it. Yes I did and no, I did not feel excluded at
all from friendship with these ladies.
I am blessed
that I still have several of the Moms mentioned in the book still in my
life. And yes, a few of them treat me like I am their daughter at times.
And yes they even get onto me for things, mainly overdoing it and lack
of sleep. I even call some of them Momma (then their name). These Moms
are so very mighty. They are beautiful on the inside and out. I feel so
blessed that I can call them "friend." You definitely need to add this
book to your collection and learn more about them.