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This graphic features a humorous moment parents have shared with their military dependents. We were at MacDill AFB and surrounded by Tampa Bay. During low tide and the hottest months, the sun would cook the seaweed. Not a pleasant smell. One day it was so bad, it was coming through the vents of our car as we were driving through housing. My daughter, who was 6 years old at the time, farted loudly and said, "It was the bay."

This graphic features a humorous moment parents have shared with their military dependents. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Airman 1st Class Andrew J. Alvarado)

This graphic features a humorous moment parents have shared with their military dependents. When my kids came to visit me in northern Japan, they found out it's polite to slurp ramen. They still do it to this day. And when someone tries to correct them, they state that in Japan it's considered polite and a compliment to the chef.

This graphic features a humorous moment parents have shared with their military dependents. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Airman 1st Class Andrew J. Alvarado)

This graphic features a humorous moment parents have shared with their military dependents. When my oldest was 4, we were at Home Depot and came across a battery display. He stopped and spelled out D-U-R-A-C-E-L-L. I asked, "What does that spell?", and without missing a beat, he ran his finger under the letters and said "Batteries."

This graphic features a humorous moment parents have shared with their military dependents. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Airman 1st Class Andrew J. Alvarado)

This graphic features a humorous moment parents have shared with their military dependents. After living in the Netherlands and traveling to different countries that spoke different languages, we learned we would be PCS'ing to Virginia. My 7 year old asked "What language do Virginia people speak?"

This graphic features a humorous moment parents have shared with their military dependents. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Airman 1st Class Andrew J. Alvarado)

This graphic features a humorous moment parents have shared with their military dependents. "Their dad was a first sergeant in Korea while we were in Nebraska. My husband had a troop in jail on New Years. He was FaceTiming with the kids while waiting on the troop. My son, who is 5, told his teacher and friends that his dad was now in jail. That was a fun phone conversation from his teacher."

This graphic features a humorous moment parents have shared with their military dependents. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Airman 1st Class Andrew J. Alvarado)

This graphic features a humorous moment parents have shared with their military dependents. "When my son was 6 years old, he told me he didn't want to join the Air Force. When I asked him why, he said because you can't smile when you're taking a picture."

This graphic features a humorous moment parents have shared with their military dependents. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Airman 1st Class Andrew J. Alvarado)

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This graphic features a humorous moment parents have shared with their military dependents.