By lex, Fri – August 20, 2004
Another week down – ordinarily that would be worth a “woo-hoo!” if not a “yabba-dabba-do.”
But now each passing week brings me and my hardy crew closer to a very busy fall schedule. Oh, it isn’t like we’re going to be strapping on body armor and shouldering rifles in the blazing summer heat – but we will be gone a lot. And, we’ve just received a heroic injection of uncertainty and confusion, just when my ops planners had finished placing the last card upon the precarious house we were building of them.
Plan early, plan twice. Needs of the service.
Good news! SNO got to come home for the weekend, after his first week away. He had a great time, telling me that he’d never packed so much into such a short period of time. Sounds like he did a great job all the way around, and he was very proud of his accomplishments. The butterflies are gone now – and he’s got his own sea stories to tell.
I sat back gratefully, and let him spill it all out – it came out in a tumble, each story reminding him of the next, which in turn reminded him of another. My temptation was to add to the narrative, to compare stories, but I resisted – this is his own time to speak, and mine to listen.
And now there are two of us in the service – I hardly know what to think.
Could eighteen years have passed so fast?
Ah, look at him now…
Taller than I am, fitter than I was and a whole lot better looking than I ever hoped to be. Evolution, I suppose.
You’re maybe wondering about the mustache? That started to turn gray too.
There was a picnic for the parents who could come by, the Biscuit came with her friend – the Biscuit received far more attention from the assembled midshipmen and Marines than a father would have thought entirely appropriate. She didn’t seem to mind the attention.
Supercharged from her experience, she decided that the only thing for it was to go to the mall.
Dunno about you, but I’m really looking forward to the time that the stores start selling jeans that go all the way up to the wearer’s t-shirt again.