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Re: Grandson; OT
  • Subject: Re: Grandson; OT
  • From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com
  • Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2010 10:38:25 EST

Noreen, I have no objection to military service.  I'm sure it helped my
oldest son get straightened out, and set him on the road to a college
education and a career in the aviation industry.  I think it is admirable
for a young person to devote years of service to the nation.  What does
concern me is that these three boys were indoctrinated by their mother
that education does not matter.  She home-schooled them on the pretense
that she was protecting them from the evils she saw in the society. And
since she had no education herself, taught them nothing.  She points to
the fact that her father had no education and did very well for himself by
various, sometimes questionable, devices. Our family tradition is just the
  Needless to say, that marriage did not last, and that son now has 
two step-daughters who were both National Honor Society students and
are doing exceedingly well in college - one at Cornell, and the other at
the Univ. of Buffalo. Despite his disappointment with his sons, I am glad
to say he couldn't be more proud and supportive of these girls. The one
at Cornell is also star of the women's polo team, and the one in Buffalo
is doing well on the rowing team in addition to her straight A grades.
In a message dated 12/13/2010 8:46:22 AM Eastern Standard Time, 
TeichFauna@aol.com writes:

Wonderful news, Jim!!!  I bet you are proud!

Auralie, in my opinion, fwiw...... the military is a far better option  
than running the streets and doing odd jobs.  The military is an excellent  
place to learn work ethic and discipline.  Perhaps just what they need to  
start them into successful careers, many go to college while in the  
military, or when they discharge on the GI bill.   I  would not write them 
yet, I would be proud that they are serving their  country, and be hopeful 
they will benefit from what the military  offers.    
Just my thoughts on this....

As for drunken sailors.....yes, it seems that things have changed in  
regards to drinking....the office cocktail parties, the drinks at offices 
heading home, etc. etc.  Seems everyone was a bit more liberal in past  
decades about drinking than they are now due to laws changing.    Company 
parties now have either totally disapeared, or they are non-alcoholic,  or 
keep a 
strict watch on this.  Even the military has done so.  

zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast  

In a message dated 12/12/2010 9:15:28 PM Central Standard Time,  
Aplfgcnys@aol.com writes:

How nice  to have a grandson who is accomplishing things.  All of mine
that have  reached that age have joined the military. Bummer.  My family
has a  long tradition of education on both sides, but their mother didn't 
that  it was important, since noone in her family was educated.  She  home-
schooled them when she had no education herself, and now those three  are in
the military.  They seem to be doing well, and maybe that will  be good for
them.  My oldest son spent four years in the Navy but came  out on his way
to college, and feels it very important for his two who have  both graduated
from U. of Wash. with honors. His son also had a hitch in  the Navy but was
booted out for drunk driving.  When I worked for the  Navy in the 1950s 
driving was what sailors did.  Oh well, time  changes.

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