Thursday, June 2, 2016

Friday Letters

Dear Darian:

I know the countdown is in progress. I just wanted you to know that I am not sending off a man to the USMC...I am sending my baby boy! When other people look at you and exclaim, "oh he has grown into such a nice young man" I want you to know this is what I see:
The countdown is on. Only 5 more months (or less) for me to get used to this idea.

Love you to the moon and back,

Granny




Dear Young Man in the Souped-Up Mustang:

When you revved your engine, to get my attention, as we were driving down 30th Street this week, I was sure you were some smart-ass kid who wanted to act up. To my surprise you just wanted to point out that I had a "really" low back tire. Thank you for re-instating my faith in man-kind. After the flower thief episode this week I wasn't feeling so good about my fellow man! You are one of the good guys!! You will go far.

Sincerely, 

A Appreciative granny


Dear Basketball Coach:

Is it really necessary to start these camp practices at 6:30 a.m.?? That is so early for this old granny to get up and drive 30 miles (round-trip) and the teenage girl doesn't like getting up that early. I have made her a deal (or an ultimatum, call it what you may). For each day she misses in June, I am charging her $5.(That is my cost for camp) And taking her phone for 8 hours. Maybe she will be more apt to get up and get going!! What do you think? 

Love,

A very Tired Granny




26 comments:

  1. I love this Friday's Letters series! So glad your faith in mankind was restored. I have to go back and read about your flower thief. That doesn't sound very nice! I've had a harrowing week with my mom in the hospital and the ER twice in a week. Going to try to get caught up here.

    What a precious photo of Darian. What's the backstory on the photo? It's so adorable! Five months will go by in a flash, I'm afraid. I know it's a bittersweet time...

    Have a great Friday! And a good weekend...

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. The photo is not one of Darian. I am sorry if I misled you. It is a Google Pic but it brings to perspective how a Marine mom (or grandma in my case) really sees their little boy who is heading off to become a man! Hope your mom is getting better Michele!

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  2. Hi Paula - at least it's light - but those early mornings ... I don't mind the getting up - but the actual dressing and being civilised part is the bit I struggle with!! Baby boy ... so difficult, yet so admirable ... and how wonderful to have someone tell you your tyre (for us!) was flat ...

    Take care and have a good weekend ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Hope your weekend is a good one too Hilary!

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  3. That is awfully early for a summer day to get up and going. Are the practices outside and he is trying to avoid the heat? Darian ips going to do so great, though I know you will miss him.

    Betty

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    1. No the practices are mostly inside.
      They do some stair running outside. I think they use such an early time for discipline training!

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  4. I would have never thought of revving my engine to get a driver's attention. Hmm if that works, I could have used it yesterday when the car in front of me suddenly came to a standstill on a busy city street. It had no brake lights and no turn signal light. Yikes, a 6:30 start! That's not your favorite end of the day.

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    1. I thought he was challenging me to a race! LOL No, that is certainly not my time of day!

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  5. I am with you sister!!! That little boy is EXACTLY what I dreamed about the months before my son reported to Marine Boot Camp. In fact I also dreamed he was marching in formation (looking like that) with a broken leg!! So I know just how you feel.

    Ironically, when my son came home from boot camp before he was shipped off to his first assignments I noticed he was limping some. He said his one leg was bothering him. I asked if he reported to the commanding officers at boot camp. He said absolutely not - he would have been delayed in getting out of boot camp if it was something that needed time to heal. I got him to the doctor. They suspected a slight stress fracture - something that might not show up on an X-ray. :-(

    Hang tight Grandma. Your grandson is a good size young man and he will do just fine - not slight of stature like my son was. And although I wasn't happy my son chose military service over college, the Marines taught my son, discipline, control, focus and dedication. The experience also matured him. It was actually the best choice for him in the formation of his life.

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    1. I am thrilled that Darian chose military over college. He is not ready to settle down and study. High school was hard enough!!

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  6. Our babies are always our babies for sure. Hope your early morning ride doesn't last too long. I'm often up early but not on the road these days. Glad that young man gave you a warning. It is wonderful to know there are nice people out there. I'm not sure how Friday got here so soon. It was just Monday.

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  7. That 'baby soldier' image is so adorable ... and poignant! (Oops, is it OK to call a Marine 'soldier'?)

    Personally, I think that basketball coach needs his head examined. But your solution is genius! Heck, I'm 66 and would do almost ANYthing to avoid having my cell taken away! (lol!)

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    1. Nope a Marine is a Marine. I've been schooled on not calling them soldiers. LOL!

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  8. I've seen that baby soldier many times and it never gets old. I totally get that its what you see when you see Darian.
    Wow that is early to ask of kids doing practice. Our football practice does that in the fall when school starts here in Texas to try to beat the heat in September.
    Have a great weekend!

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    1. The practices are inside so they aren't trying to beat the heat!

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  9. You mean, you got up but she didn't? I think I'd be madder than her losing her phone for 8 hours. I'd be livid. (But I don't do mornings.)

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    1. I don't do mornings either. She got up great the next day. Not only does she not want to lose her cell phone but she loves HER money!

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  10. At least it is light at that time of day, but I am so not a morning person so I understand.
    Those little kids all grow up...nothing you can do to stop it! :(

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    1. Nope can't make them stop growing. Don't think I want to either

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  11. When my son went into the Army we went to his induction ceremony. These fresh-faced new soldiers had been bused into camp the day before. At the ceremony, all of them were wide-eyed, like deer caught in the headlights. I'm not sure what happened that whole day before but it was obviously something that most of them had never experienced before. I'll never forget the look on my son's face. The four-year experience, though, was the best thing he could have ever done.

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    1. I think this will be the best thing Darian has ever done too! It will make a better man (hopefully) out of him!

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  12. Great letters this week. Thanks for sharing.

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