An Outreach Program of MarineParents.com
That means that I’m a volunteer at Marine Parents.com. My job title is Chat Moderator. My role is to moderate one or more of the nightly Chats conducted in the MarineParents.com Chat Room, answer questions, share experiences, and ensure that there, like everywhere here, we abide by the military Operational Security rules and honor the MarineParents.com guidelines.
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. . . I'm so sick of words!" says Eliza Doolittle in "My Fair Lady." Those lyrics popped into my head during evening Chat last week, although they are completely untrue, at least for me. I love words! I subscribe to the Merriam-Webster Word of the Day service. Every day, they send me a new word, show how it is pronounced, use it in several sentences, tell me the first documented instance of it being used, and…Continue
I'm the mom of an Infantry Marine son who had the "pleasure" of two trips to Afghanistan -- one in the blistering 120 degree heat of summer, and one in the -0 degree cold of winter. Afghanistan, also called the "Stan," the "Sand," "Af-crapistan," and other things not suitable for a family network. The deployments were radically different in more ways than the weather, and too much the same. The summer one seemed made up of 13-hour patrols through dusty villages, nodding at locals who…Continue
I didn't trip over Marine Family Network until the last third of Boot Camp, so I just had to "fake it" through most of the early angst. Lucky for my son, I didn't do anything completely stupid, other than send a really fat envelope stuffed with a long letter and way too many pictures. Out of that boot camp faux pas, my son got a bit of extra attention from the DI, who did look over his shoulder at the stupid picture of my husband who decided to (for no reason I understood then or…Continue
I've been talking to a lot of Recruit parents lately, and having "flashbacks" to January 2009, when we dropped our son off at the Recruiter station to be sent to MCRD San Diego via MEPS. Seeing him walk away from me -- the little punk didn't even turn around and wave one more time -- was heart wrenching. Getting the ever-famous "phone call" was a shock, because I didn't know that was part of the program (pre-discovery of MarineParents), and didn't quite know what to make of my son shouting…Continue