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Re: now grandkids

Thanks for those words of encouragement Auralie. I appreciate it. He wanted to join the Navy, now he wants Marines...which is front line stuff and makes me want to cry just thinking about it. But it is what he WANTS to do...and I can say no for now (He's not 18 yet) but in October when he turns 18, he'll do it anyway. So I just say my prayers for protection during this difficult time in the world. *sigh* And the structured life is what he NEEDS. He went to military school because he was not doing well in high school. I was exasperated with him and his grades and his whole attitude. He came back from military school calling me "Sgt. Mom" and "yes sir" stuff. He has been a total joy to be around!!! So, I know this will be a good choice for him career wise and life-wise. He will be going to college while in the military and training for a career. I think he'll be fine. Now if I can just convince my HUSBAND!

Jesse Rene' Bell
Claremore, OK
Zone 6

From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] now grandkids
Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2004 22:19:49 EST

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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