Despite our valiant efforts and endless protestations, son Sam (Sam of the 4.o GPA, Sam the engineering student, Sam the "maybe I'll go to Med school, Mom") has decided to join ......the Army. Yes, the actual U.S.Army....the one with real guns.
Though we are immensely proud of him and are sure he will do well in any endeavor he embarks upon, we are obviously hesitant in endorsing a career that will most definitely include days where people will be shooting at him. Sam has signed up for Ranger School which will follow Basic training and Airborne school. Total training time will be 7 months before being assigned a duty station (so the current Mr. President has exactly 9 months to get our butts out of the Middle East).
He leaves for Fort Benning, Georgia on the 26th of May (unless he is the victim of a debilitating, tho non-life threatening, 'incident' in the meantime - see Steve or Maureen for details on how you can precipitate said 'incident' and monetary payoffs :) We are planning to fly out for his Ranger graduation sometime in January, donations will be gladly accepted.
Seriously, and by far most importantly, we would like to ask you all to keep Sam in your prayers. Pray for safety, wisdom, strength, safety (did I mention safety?) and the special 'don't change my sweet child' prayer....thanks all!
While you are at it, say a prayer for his mom (aka me) who is finding it difficult getting to sleep at night and he hasn't even left town yet!