We will not be able to talk to him - he will be with his platoon. He and his fellow Marines earned the title of Honor Platoon for Alpha Company. OOOH - RAH!! We are parents of a proud Marine.
Many years ago, when Jesse was young, I read a book by Thomas Ricks - Making the Corps. I was amazed at how strong a man must be to make it through boot camp with the Marines. I never dreamed that one day, our son would BE a Marine. Mel recently read Loon, which is about the Corps as well.
Last evening I spoke to Jesse's biological brother. He is driving down from Central California, with his wife, to see Jesse graduate. I am so thrilled about this! The men have not seen one another for 19 years or so. Jesse's biological brother has his laugh! When talking with him last night, it was fun to hear that laughter. We have only spoken to Jesse once since he departed May 11th...it has been a long thirteen weeks!
Jesse's letters home have been delightful - - thank God that he was permitted to communicate with us through letters!
I am grateful to God for the opportunity that the US Marines have given our son to become a better person. I love that he was chosen by the priest to be his platoon's prayer leader! God's love for each and every one of us never falters, never diminishes, never fails...