WRAM - We dedicate our hearts,minds and bodies to protecting our great Republic!
After reading some post on from other groups, I started to wonder about family's! Now,as a single guy,I don't have a family to consider on such things as what I buy as far as gear, or the time that i spend away from my loved ones, but a lot of you guys do! Do they agree with and understand what you are doing,and why you are doing it,would they like to come out and see what we are doing, maybe even participate? and do you think that would make them understand more? Do you think getting the spouses together is a good thing!
My family has been "tolerent" of my participation in militia activities during years past. Lately, however, they have been after me, very strongly in fact, to "retire" from such endeavors. While I am still able to contribute and "pull my share" in the physical iterations or evolutions encountered while on FTXs, it seems like I am not generally in "first place" anymore.
I have noticed that injuries do not seem to heal as fast as they used to. As an example, I have a broken toe in my right foot that just does not seem to heal up and it causes me to limp in pain every now and then. I screwed up my left knee in a parachute jump many years ago when I landed in a tree and got introduced to a fork in that tree. It has started to bother me after long periods of hiking with a pack. It gave me some serious trouble hiking with our family in Zion Nat'l Park a couple of months ago. I also seem to have some bursitis in my left shoulder that is giving me problems. Because of many lingering injuries like these few examples and other physical situations, my family has been after me to "retire." My years of actual field training seem to be coming to an end. We had a combat knife training class recently where I got beat by the instructor about 75 % of the time and that is not acceptable to me. When I took my turn and rappelled down a cliff, it seemed (and looked, I imagine) like I had never done so before. I was actually somewhat embarassed at my "performance."
I can still hike with a 35-40 # ruck as long as it is somewhat level, as I do this in the area where I live for exercise. But, wow, when I was at Zion, I was having a tough time by the end of the day. Shooting does not seem to be diminished at all, as I can still hit boards (offhand) at 311 yards with my SKS. Carrying the SKS or a 12 guage pump all day (without a sling) seems to be OK, also.
My family is still very much interested in the prepartion angle. They have no problem with my continued medical skills, knowledge acquisition, and compilation of stuff for our med kits. They still support my carrying a concealed weapon and the food/water storage thing. They support my SAR, ham radio, and CERT training--just not the militia and its attendant physicality, it would seem. Sometimes I wonder if I could lose 50 # or more if they would stop worrying so much (I have trouble losing ANY weight at this point in my life--even with the diet thing and hiking around the neighborhood with my ruck).
They have never been "excited" about my militia associations, but were somewhat "tolerent" as I mentioned above. Not so anymore, it seems.
My family and I are all "in" on this. Its important. Even some of my little ones understand this.