One of my favorite people is Cassy Chesser, despite the fact I don’t believe I’ve ever actually met her. As she describes herself on Facebook:
Twenty-something conservative blogger, USMC wife and mommy.
I’m a political blogger and proud member of the vast right-wing conspiracy. I am married to my wonderful husband Matt, a Marine. He is my best friend and we had our first son, Benjamin, on March 29th, 2011, the day after he got home from Afghanistan, and we had our second child, a boy named Wyatt on June 5th, 2012. He was diagnosed with Down syndrome via amniocentesis. Matt came home from his second Afghanistan deployment exactly three weeks later.
Her son Wyatt is about the cutest kid I have ever seen. Seriously. And I tell her that everytime she posts a new picture of him.
[Just as an aside, I had a troop in Bosnia who had a brother with Down Syndrome, and one time I was talking to him in a guard tower about it. I told him how I used to volunteer every weekend at Special Olympics, but I had to stop because I was too empathetic, and I would feel sad whenever a kid lost. I asked him if it was tough having a brother with problems, and he admitted it was, but not for the reasons I thought. He said that even though his brother was 30ish and living at home, he was the happiest person he had ever met, and he always felt some envy. He told me how his brother would get a new Star Wars action figure and would be happy for months playing with it. Even as other kids and adults would accumulate toys by the dump truck load, and would immediately lose interest. His parents would always have a son that would love them, and he would always have a baby brother who loved him without question. It’s a conversation that has stuck with me for 15 years now.]
Anyway, Cassy was selected as the Marine Spouse of the Year for Camp Lajeune, and she is now competing for the national title, run by Armed Forces Insurance.
She’s a wonderful lady, a wonderful ambassador for military spouses, and she deserves this.