Monday, June 16, 2008

From the Halls of Montezuma?



We recently received our first letter from our oldest son, Paul, who is currently at OCS in Quantico, Virginia, finding out if he has what it takes (and if he wants to be) a US Marine officer.


Reading between the lines of the following paragraphs you might be able to see why we're proud of our son:

...I just wanted to let everyone know that I'm here and alive if nothing else. :o) These first 11 days (and believe me, I keep close track of how many days we have left) have been the hardest most grueling and intense days of my life -- and it's not even close to being over! Oh well, I guess I knew what I was getting into!

I wish you guys could be down here to see all of this! It's so amazing! Just talking to people and listening to instructors and everything -- just being here -- is an incredible honor -- and graduating an even bigger one. Last session, only 47 % of the class passed. They've already dropped something like three hundred guys with a lot more close on their heels.

Right now, I'm doing just fine, though, and I'm actually one of the more fit guys in my company -- so far...

... I can't wait to see everybody again! I love and miss you all!

Love,
Paul

But this part really explains why we're the most proud:

P.S. Can you send me a new scapular? I've lost mine in all the
confusion and feel naked without it. If you could, the small, braided-cord ones are the best.

8 comments:

Maryan said...

Hey that's down the street from us! Although... the entry gate is about half an hour away. Two of my dh's brothers have gone through OCS. Prayers for your son, Lisa!!

Laura said...

And the headline read...
"Son Requests Scapular"

Nice, Mom.

SuzyQ said...

No wonder you're proud. His faith is obviously something that helps bring him through. That's a gift you've given him that is precious.

Kaila said...

You all must be SO proud! I'll keep him in my prayers. God bless!

GrandmaK said...

Praise God heartily for this special "Son of God"!!! You must be so proud! Will keep him in my prayers!!! Cathy

Bia said...

As a mother, that just warms my heart. What a wonderful son . . . what wonderful parents.

God bless!

Nicole said...

What more could I ask for?! He's just an amazing person! And I miss him so very much!!

Lisa said...

Thank-you, everyone! For your warm thoughts, but especially for your prayers! We do love that boy! (sniff... He's so grown up...)