Jack Called Home

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I heard from my son, Jack, tonight for the first time since he left for Navy boot camp on April 14. 

He is doing well. He survived the first week. He’s been declared fit for full duty.  He’s learned to fold things very compactly, to recite the General Orders to the Sentry on command, and to identify his Chain of Command through the President of the United States.

If boot camp hasn’t changed, week two is worse that week one, but I didn’t tell him that.  I just let him know not to let little set backs and reprimands bother him.  Learn, get better, and move on.  We all love him and can’t wait to see him march by in Pass-in-Review. 

Thanks to the many, many people who passed along their best wishes for Jack at the Tax Day Tea Party.  I told him he’d be amazed at all the people cheering for him.

And give my best to your loved ones in the Armed Forces.  It’s a tough to make outstanding citizens, and we’re all lucky to have young people willing to protect us.


3 Comments

  • Jorjann Chezem

    April 26, 2010

    I salute a “fellow sailor” to be!
    Strength and prayers!

    Yes, may Fair Winds and Following Seas be with you and your family all your days..

  • Fran

    April 26, 2010

    God bless you, Jack…and many grateful thanks for this grandma.

  • Rhonda

    April 26, 2010

    What a great Dad you are and I know your son will do nothing but make you proud.
    May God Bless and watch over Jack, you and your family.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all and my gratitude for the service of all our men and women from the past to the present.
    Hang in there Dad, and know that somewhere in your heart he will always be just Jack, your little boy.
    No matter how old Elijah becomes he will always be my baby while I respect him as an adult, nothing will take away the little boy in my heart. I am sure you will and do understand my thoughts on that already.

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