It's been a long day! We got home after 9 p.m. yesterday and found a very warm house with a non-working A/C. This is becoming a recurring problem in the summer it seems. I have lived in this house for nearly 30 years and the last 5 years it seems I need the repairman every summer. The unit is not even that old! But I was not going to call and pay the weekend fee so Harley and I toughed it out today with temps near 80* in the house. Right now the sun has set and it just rained so it is pretty muggy. I want to open a window but I would rather keep the dampness out. Anyway.......
AS I PONDER....
Most of you know we went last week to Georgia. Nearly 1,000 miles each way. We left on Tuesday morning after Justin had his PT for his knee which was scoped on Thursday the week before. He did amazingly well driving the entire way there and back. (Too much of a control freak to allow his mother to help)! Darian's Turning Blue Ceremony was on Thursday morning following a family briefing. This was held on the post at Fort Benning. A beautiful day. Except for the horrid humidity of Georgia. Turning Blue is when the new soldier receives the blue cord worn on his right shoulder to indicate he is an infantryman in the United States Army. This is when we got our first look (and a brief touch) of our new soldier. It was wonderful to see him.
|War Dawgs Platoon 3|
Darian is 2nd from the left on front row
|Uncle Justin putting on the blue cord|
|Uncle Justin and Darian|
|Harley, Darian, and Paige|
|Screaming out the Soldier's Creed|
|Darian and Mikaela, his girlfriend|
|Darian and his favorite grandma|
WHAT I AM LEARNING...
It is a different world for our soldiers now. And I am glad. I remember the times following the Viet Nam war when America wasn't very nice to soldiers. They deserve much better. On Friday morning we got up early and headed over to the NIM for the graduation ceremony. It was a very nice ceremony. Following this we got to spend about 30 minutes with him before he had to return to post. Most of the company left on buses for their FDS (first duty station). Darian is headed to Fort Campbell but is being held back at Fort Benning until he gets clearance from the doctor for the infected spider bite he obtained during his final field exercise. It looks nasty but he said it is much better. They have already done one I&D (incision and drainage) and he's on prednisone and antibiotics. When he left to return to the post Justin, Harley, Paige and I headed to Atlanta to put Paige on an airplane to Salt Lake City to see her other grandparents. This was her first solo flight. Then we headed home. Long, long, fast trip. But well worth it!!
WHAT I'M READING....
I didn't read much while on the trip but I finished two audio books which I will review soon. Both good books.
WHAT'S ON MY CAMERA...
|eating lunch at a rest stop along the road to Georgia|
|Darian, Mikaela, and her grandpa who made|
the trip with her
|Praying at the start of graduation|
Darian first on the far left
|going back up the hill to the barracks after his|
day with us! Boo Hoo!
|Darian with my cousins|
|Darian and Harley|
|Darian and granny at the Mexican place|
(I can't remember the name of it)
|Harley at a rest stop on the way home|
|Harley trying her first fried pickle|
I have no idea what I'm cooking this week. Need to get the A/C fixed first. My brother is coming on Tuesday to stay for two weeks so we will figure it out soon.
A QUOTE I WANT TO SHARE...
If you would like to view the entire graduation ceremony it appears on the National Infantry Museum's Facebook page. I am going to try to like it here. The video is a ways down the page and is labeled 'was live.' Enjoy. I am very, very proud of this boy. We sent him to basic training 14 weeks ago as a mere 19 year old boy. He is now a fully-grown man. A soldier. An infantryman! He's made me happy!