In April of 2017, Jayden M. Semotan’s life changed greatly. After learning his mom was being deployed for more than six months, he had so many questions. Would she die? Would she go to war? As a nine-year-old boy, he didn’t know how to handle his feelings. Having his mom deployed was very different than having his dad go.
A Green Light for Mom chronicles his journey of emotions, frustrations, and struggles as he survives the challenges of a parent’s deployment. Jayden tells how he experienced significant life events without having his mom to share them with, like his first double-digit birthday, travels to Florida with only his dad, graduating from fourth grade, and all the ups and downs of his sports involvement. Jayden also shares how he and his dad had an opportunity to travel to the other side of the world to see his mom.
In the end, Jayden realizes he can overcome tough times. He learns that true strength comes from family.