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Re: now grandkids

In a message dated 03/18/2004 7:59:27 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
jesserenebell@hotmail.com writes:

> LOL, LOL....I hear ya Zem.  My son is joining the military...and I'm 
> anti-war.  Go figure.  But ya know, if that is what he wants to do, I stand 
> behind him.  It's his life, his choice.

We  were quite disappointed and upset when our oldest son joined the Navy 
instead of going to college etc.  After a time, he enrolled in a correspondence 
college course and got out early to complete his education (this was the 70's 
when you could do that) and did very well at SUNY Albany.  He had had a very 
difficult teen-age - the early 70s were not an easy time - but the Navy 
straightened him out and set him on a career path.  His college degree was in 
cartography, with a minor in French literature, but he immediately went to work at his 
first love - airplanes.  His first job was a very minor one at a local 
airport, but soon he was working for Grumman  on Long Island on their experimental 
planes.  To make a long story short, he is now  a manager of a department of 
safety  checks at Alaska Air at SEATAC (Seattle).  
When his son, who was never as difficult as he had been, but was not very 
mature, decided, after a year, that college wasn't what he wanted and joined the 
Navy, my son said "What can I say - that's just what I did."  Neither of us 
had any connections with military in our backgrounds, and I guess we really 
didn't think it was quite acceptable, but I have to say my son came out of his 
military experience much better  than he went in.  If you had told me when he was 
18 that he would have turned into such a responsible, solid citizen, 
excellent parent that he is now, I would have said "No way!"  So just keep on standing 
behind him and letting him make his own choices.  Trying to make choices for 
our children only leads to unhappiness all around.

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