There is a 23-year-old woman, a corporal, serving as a damage control officer aboard a U.S. naval carrier in the Pacific. She has left behind a three-year-old son named "Messiah." When asked by CNN's Brooke Baldwin, who interviewed her aboard the carrier, how often she sees her son, the corporal answered, "twice a year." Ms. Baldwin then asked how she felt about her decision to leave her child and join the navy. The woman replied, "Someone has to do this job." Well, mother of Messiah, someone has to care for your child, too.
The corporal might want to consider whether another sailor among the 5,000 aboard that ship can do her job there better than another woman back in the States can do her job here.
There are other questions, like: "Should America's navy be recruiting young mothers and encouraging them to seek adventures on the high seas half a world away from their children?" And...
"In a land of 300 million people, is the mother-of-a-small-child's defense of a large ship more efficacious to the security of that nation than her defense of her child's emotional stability?" And.... (this to Messiah's mom:)
"Is physical damage to that aircraft carrier more compelling to you than the emotional damage you surely inflict upon your son each time you abandon him for a stint overseas?"
Simply put, mother of Messiah: Though you may need the navy, the navy does not need you as much as does your small child. For better, or for worse, Messiah will always be proof that there is no greater patriot than a good mother.