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So, Andrew officially hits four weeks of Boot Camp come Saturday.

We've gotten two letters from him already, one just today.

He's doing well and is actually enjoying Boot Camp...Well, except for the fact he doesn't have enough time to eat. :-)

He says they get three good meals per day, and he actually enjoys the food, but they're only allowed about 3 minutes to eat and are not allowed to waste any food. He says he can eat that fast with no trouble, but he just doesn't have the time to "taste" his food...Hmmm, maybe that's why he actually "likes" the food? :-)

He said in the first letter that he got plenty of practice from me while growing up and being yelled at so that when the Drill Sergeant yells at him, he just smiles...Kinda reminds me of Gomer Pyle. He says summa the other guys dern near cry as they take the yelling too seriously.

Not exactly proud of my temper mind you, and it was kinda funny to hear him say this, but still...I sure wish I had been a bit more lenient with my children as they were growing up. But, it was still nice hearing him make fun of me/my behavior and laugh about having had "practice" while growing up that now helps him just ignore the Drill Sergeant's yelling and whatnot...But still...*sigh*

So far his favorite training has been Marital Arts and he was the top man in his group. He kicked butt, literally! I ain't surprised with as big as the boy is and since he's been in such good shape for several years now on his own.

He's also been through the "gas chamber" and said that even though it irritated his eyes a bit, it wasn't too bad. Tough little...Errr...Big SOB, eh? :-)

He can't tell us a whole lot about what he's doing and learning since he applied for, and was accepted into, the Military Police training and summa the stuff they do is confidential. And, even though he'll finish Boot Camp soon, he won't have his graduation until May because he "jumps" right into Military Police training the same day he finishes Boot Camp.

Now, for one of our kids who has always been so messy and un-organized, he's suddenly become a neat-freak and cain't understand why he never liked being one before. He dern near kicked another boy's butt the other day fer throwing sumthin' on his bed and messing it up, LOL.

He did say in his first letter that he wishes he'd realized what Mom and I did for him as he was growing up...The sacrifices we made, the opportunities we made sure were always available, the lessons we tried to teach him, etc. And he said, "Thank you for all you did for me."

That brought a tear to my eye as I realized he's quickly becoming a Man Of His Own. He knows what he wants outta life, where he wants to go with it, and how he's gonna get there. I sure wish I'd had half the smarts he does today when I was his age!!

He also keeps telling us how much he loves his girlfriend and asks us not to tell her stuff that would worry her...Such as they've already told him he has a 95% chance of being sent to Iraq as soon as he graduates from Military Police training.

All I can say now is...Go Son! Be Safe! & God Be With You!


*Proud Of His Son!*
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