The average Brat attends 10 schools in 12 years. I’m a below average brat. I only attended 8 in 12 years. Most brats have never lived in a place more than 3 years. You might argue that we have no roots and no hometown. But, I would have to disagree. My roots are my country, family and friends. They are the millions of people like me whose parents served our country. My hometown is America.
Brats are highly creative people too. We often moved in the middle of the school year and learned quickly the most creative and effective ways to make friends. Brats are also creative because art gives us an outlet to express how we feel and to share our incredible experiences. TerryAnn, one of our bratty teammates has written in her blog (http://justsoterryann.blogspot.com/2008/05/military-brats-how-i-survived-11.html) “I am an experience junkie.” That’s what it means to be a brat. We must live our lives to the fullest.
“We military brats have lived dozens and dozens of places, few of which remember us, and we have known tens of thousands of people, few of whom hold us in their thoughts. We are incredibly adaptable. We can transform ourselves to a large degree, to become, for a time, what others wish us to be. We are good at this, almost shamanic. We grow up learning to pick up and shed accents, slang, manners of dress and attitude and behavior. We are quick studies at mirroring the people around us. We are natural actors, disappearing into a new role, then shrugging it off like a discarded silk caftan pooling in iridescent folds about our feet, already forgotten, as we reach for a completely different garment in which to lose ourselves.” Mary Edwards Wertsch – brat.