Lisa Pagan, mommy hero

Big Mother Load ups this morning to Lisa Pagan of Charlotte, North Carolina. When the Army turned a deaf ear to her repeated appeals that, if called back to active duty, there would be no one to care for her children, she simply showed up to Fort Benning with 5-year-old Elizabeth and 3-year-old Eric in tow.

The mommy in me loves this picture. Since we all suffer looks of disgust, or even panic, when we dare to board an airplane, enter a store, or visit a restaurant nicer than McDonald’s with children in tow, I am enjoying imagining the look on the drill sargeant’s face when Ms. Pagan showed up with two children, probably cranky from their long trip, asking when they were going to get to go home and watch Yo Gabba Gabba, and oh by the way they were sooo hungry. Our soldiers face down intimidating enemies every day, but they must have been entirely unnerved by a 3 year old with a runny nose who got up too early that morning. And as we all know, they had good reason to be scared.

And so Ms. Pagan was quickly offered a discharge, either an honorable one or a “general discharge under honorable conditions,” which sounds good enough to me. Well played, Ms. Pagan!