Wait, what? Did you say you want to join the Marines?????

Poor Karol.

She cried.

She cried as her 17 year old son Brandon walked out the front door with a Marine Corps recruiter to go take a “practice” ASVAB test.

Let me back up a bit, that is actually the middle of the story.

Yesterday the phone rang.  The person on the other end asked to speak to Brandon.  He is a high school senior, and has been receiving lots of phone calls and mailers from colleges.  He does not plan on going to college.  He has been going to Technical school during his Junior and Senior year and has learned welding.  He wants to be a welder when he graduates.  He is looking into the Welding Apprenticeship programs at BAE and the Naval Shipyard.  So we were pretty sure he was going to do the apprenticeship program and start his life as an adult working and going to school.

Then THE phone call came…

He was on the phone for quite awhile.  Karol even picked up the extension so she could eavesdrop.  Afterwards, Brandon walked down the stairs and shook his head at her.  It turns out the man who called was a Marine Corps Recruiter. He was telling Brandon all about the programs the Marines have to offer.  He talked  about being a Marine reservist so he could continue to pursue an apprenticeship and ALSO be a Marine.

Karol was NOT happy when she was told about the phone call.  Apparently Brandon told the Recruiter he was willing to take a practice ASVAB test “just to see” how he would do.  He is still 17, and therefore cannot yet join without parental permission.  We did tell him that we wanted to meet the Recruiter to speak with him. So Brandon called him back and told him to come by the house and pick him up today at 5:00.

It was a long night for Karol and I.  I will tell you that any of the boys joining the military had never really entered our minds as a reality, so we had never discussed it.  We are both retired Navy, so we definitely value a military life, but the Marines??  They are the first ones in the thick of the action…..

So the Recruiter showed up today at 5:00.  I had my hands in a bowl of flour, making chicken and dumplings for dinner, and Karol was waiting and was ready to pounce.

Of course it would have been easier for her to pounce on him if he had not been a young, polite, nice, clean cut kid, who was nothing but respectful. He said he understood our concerns, and he believed young people, even if they are old enough to join without parental consent, should listen to what their parents’ concerns were.

We were frank and honest about our concerns, and he answered each one with a thoughtful and detailed answer.  (I think he must be good at recruiting).  So once our questions were answered, what else could we do but let the Recruiter take Brandon for his test.

Poor Karol. She cried. She cried as he walked out the front door with a Marine Corps recruiter to go take a “practice” ASVAB test.

She smiled when he came home and said he would need to “study” more.  (but she didn’t let him see her smile).

Election night at my house

It was actually a pretty boring event. Bluebell went to bed at 9:30. The Genius went to bed at 9:00 and The Hunter and Joe Cool went to bed at 10:00.  I sat in my armchair and willed myself to stay awake to watch the results.  I was trying so hard to stay awake that I kept switching channels, just to give me something to do.

I watched, and flipped channels and snoozed.  It was a cyclic thing. Then just as I was about to give up for good and go upstairs to bed, IT HAPPENED!  I heard the announcer say, “The President has won Ohio. It is all over folks.”  And just like that President Obama became President Obama for 4 more years.

I must admit I was happy.  My mother was not.  She has been very nice and has not bombarded me with anti Obama rhetoric.  Every now and then she sends me an email with a tidbit or two in there. I always read the emails, and the articles she sends me.  I don’t mind.  I can always learn something.  🙂

I am nervous about the economy, and I am worried about the fiscal cliff.  I really hope President Obama can take us through this turmoil and out the other side.  I know it is an uphill battle, but I am confident we Americans can do it!  I truly believed the economy would work itself out either way.

However, I am glad President Obama won because I believe we need Obamacare (which was originally Romneycare).  I believe we need Nationalized health care.  I have worked in the medical field for almost 30 years.  It is broken.  Obamacare doesn’t fix it completely, but it is a step in the right direction.  I believe it is okay to tax the wealthy a little more. Let’s see if that actually happens.  But more than that I have a President who believes in the education of my kids, and who is okay with who I want to marry.  A President who ended Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. I am happy.

I was absolutely THRILLED that Maine, and Maryland and Washington voted to allow same sex couples to have marriage rights!  WOOT!!!  And if you wanna have some extra fun on your honeymoon, just head over to Colorado or Washington where you can score some weed…..legally!!  That is SMART.  Of course they are going to tax the heck out of it.  Colorado will use the money for schools, and Washington will use it for health care.  And hey, while you are at it, they should put a “munchie tax” on snack foods…..the money will be pouring in!!!  Seriously, I have thought we should legalize Marijuana for years.  That is a great way to gain some revenue….tax it and let people have it!!

I am looking forward to where we go as a nation from here.  Let’s work together.  And move this country Forward!!


Must sleep…….no more election for me…

I have been glued to the TV for hours now.  I actually fell asleep while watching the News coverage of the Election. Not just the Presidential election, but Virginia elections as well.  I would really like to see Tim Kaine as our Senator and I was sad to see that Randy Forbes is still my Congressman.   sigh…..more of his idiot polls…..

I have been trying to hang in there to see which way Florida and Virginia go.  I just don’t think I will be able to stay awake…..

On another interesting note, on Saturday as Bluebell and I were surfing the channels we happened to stop on the food channel because we saw these yummy looking calzones being made.  Turns out it was The Pioneer Woman’s show.  Huh, who would’ve thunk it…..

Well, I did try her Calzones tonight and they were a hit.  I made a few changes.  Beef instead of sausage.  Pizza dough instead of frozen rolls and bread.  I will say that next time I will use less ricotta cheese.  That didn’t go over well with my kids….  But surprisingly, they were really good.  On the side I had a dipping sauce I made with tomatoes picked from my garden.  YUM!!