Thoughts from a Marine Parent
Welcome to the Marine Pride Blog. A blog is essentially a medium to share your thoughts, ideas, commentary, pictures, and videos about a certain subject. As you can imagine, the subject of this Blog is… well, anything Marine Corps related. Since I am a parent of 2 U.S. Marines (son and daughter) what goes on in my children’s lives is important. I completely support their decision to join the Marine Corps and serve their country. My son has re-enlisted and my daughter is only 1 year in. They are both happy, healthy, thriving, squared away Marines, and I am very proud of them.
Over the course of the last few years through my website Marinepride.com, I have spoken with many moms & dads that struggle with their child’s decision to join the Marine Corps. The reasons for their struggles are varied, but in the end most come around to understand. Although they still do not agree, after attending family day and graduation, the parent sees a totally different child, one they instantly respect and admire. A very lovely Marine Mom I recently met at the Marine Parents United Conference in July told me that “Although our children voluntarily join the Marine Corps, we as parents are drafted into the Marine Corps.” How true that is. In this time of war no parent wants to hand over their child to the military. But, as I look at my children and the training they have received through the Marine Corps, I do not worry too much about them. Oh, sure I wonder about my daughter in Iraq and pray for my son about to begin training with MARSOC (Marine Corps Special Operations Command), but there is comfort in knowing that they are well trained; not only physically well trained, but mentally well trained. I believe my Marines thought process is much different from their peers at 22 and 19 years old. They are more centered, controlled, self aware and self respecting than most of their peers. I worry more about my niece and nephews in college than I do about my Marines. Honestly, I do.
Now, with that being said. There are many Marine Corps Blogs out there that talk about the politics of war and the politics of the military, etc. I don't want to talk about that now. This week I want to talk about your Marines. Why are you proud of them and what stories can you share. Being a Marine Parent is full of worries, prayers, trips to the post office and unanswered emails, but being a Marine Parent is also full of pride and joy.
Please share with me your pride and joy. (Please do not use last names. Rank and first name only). If you are not a Marine Parent and still want to comment, please feel free to do so.
Please keep all comments free of profanity and hate mongering. I look forward to hearing from you.
Proud Marine Mom x2