... in Gulf Shores one last time before Kaitlin leaves for GL on Monday. She has been showing them different videos about boot camp (way different from Grandpa's days in the Army during the Korean War). Right now she is at the gun range with Dad and Grandpa getting in a little practice.
My mother-in-law summed up the emotions very well yesterday when we arrived and she started crying. "I am just a little verklempt." Perfect definition!
...was Saturday and a huge success. About 45 people came by to show support for our almost-Sailor. The best surprise was a visit from a Chief friend of ours. I thought K was going to cry when she saw him - she didn't. Then, since he is a Boatswains Mate, he had a little ceremony where he piped her, "on to boot camp." Again, she didn't cry (but she almost did this time).
All of the hard work she has put in since she was 13 (Navy Sea Cadet) will definitely pay off in the…Continue
by the Navy Dads Admins. Thanks, guys. As an Instructor in the Navy Sea Cadets for the last 5 years, I feel I have a leg up on a lot of the "newbie" things. Ratings, Lingo, history, etc. are taught to our cadets and at the National trainings our unit hosts. There is no having a leg up on the emotional roller coaster, however. One day last week I would just well up with pride and tears for no apparent reason. I told a friend whose daughter is in the Army that it is just part of the…Continue