Tanya, I'm glad I'm not the only one that gets a little depressed by the American Dream song. I don't feel old, but society keeps telling me its happening. Stupid society.
There have been a lot of young people deaths recently that keep reminding me that a persons time can come at any time. I saw in the obituaries about a month ago that a 22 year old young man died. I didn't know him, but recognized the name. His parents were in the same Lamaze class as us when Angel #1 was in the works and this kid was only about 2 weeks younger than my little boy. I don't know the circumstances, but it was just an unfriendly reminder that we're not guaranteed to live longer than our children. That reminder reared its ugly head again yesterday when I learned of a fatal car accident that happened less than 2 miles from our house. Two young guys, 21 & 23 were killed, one of whom I believed graduated with Angel #2. Angel #4 was at an overnight school event with one of the boys brothers and the poor kid came home from a fun event only to find out that his big brother was dead. A 43 year old member of our local school board also died last week. So many young people dying when they should have had a long life ahead of them yet. Time and chance happens to us all.
Angel #4 had her first driving in snow experience last night. She went to a school dance and said she did a bit of skidding on the drive home. I hate snow and get so nervous both when I'm driving in it and when I know one of my kids is out driving in it. Since it wasn't a lot of snow and chances are it'll melt soon, they only plowed the main roads and left all the back roads alone. Here's hoping for some sun to melt that stuff away, though from what I can see, we're not supposed to have a day above freezing until Saturday, so it may be awhile.
WE is all settled in at his new base in Missouri. He said its in the middle of nowhere and he's not liking the cold spending the last few months in beautiful San Diego weather. It's a mixed base of both Marines and Army and he said the Army guys were told to stay away from the Marines because they're crazy. Army is also considered lower than the Marines, so he said he's experienced soldiers older than him running ahead to open doors for him. Needless to say, he's enjoying the experience. He's also seeing firsthand that there is a definite difference between Army and Marines. The base where he's at also is where the army holds boot camp and he said they share a chow hall with those guys. He's shocked to see the recruits in boot camp talking, laughing and on their cell phones during their meals "just like they're regular people, mom!" When he was in basic, not only did they have their phones taken away the minute they arrived at camp, they also had about 5 minutes to eat and not only did they not have time to socialize, they wouldn't dare as that would be a sure disciplinary action. WE tells the story where he got caught smuggling ice cream in his cup of milk and when asked why he did it, he responded "because this recruit likes ice cream, sir!". He then spent the whole meal time having to tell his drill instructor all the other things besides ice cream that he like, he said the list was getting pretty ridiculous by the time the guy finally let him go and he got about 30 seconds to wolf down as much food as he could. So yeah, chatting with someone on a cell phone wasn't really an option. I guess that's why they're called the few and the proud, there just aren't that many people nuts enough to join up.