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A DI or Not, He's also a Big Brother

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, but I have to share:

Our Marine, who is a drill instructor at MCRD San Diego, was home on leave this week. India Company had just graduated a new class of Marines, and our sergeant decided to fly home to Tennessee. Home-cooked meals and lots of sleep were on the schedule. (DIs sometimes skip meals and sleep, working 20-hour days to make sure their recruits learn how to be Marines.)

Still our sergeant, who is in his late 20s, had found special time for his 17-year-old sister, taking her to Nashville one day for a concert festival, making sure she had fun, but not too much fun.

The next night we gathered in the family room. Sister, as usual, had her cell phone nearby and being a multi-tasker was holding up her end of the conversation while texting on her cell phone. 

“Who are you talking to,” our DI asked his sister, nodding his head at the phone in her hands.

“Austin,” she said. “He’s a guy I know.”

“A guy you know, huh?” our Marine said.

“Nothing special,” she said. “He’s more like a friend than anything.”

The Marine just grunted.

The texting with Austin continued, and then my daughter put the phone down and ran up to her room to look for a book her friend wanted to borrow.

When she was gone, our Marine picked up the phone and scowled. Light danced off his freshly shaven head, his eyes were nearly closed in a squint that could only be called menacing and his mouth was turned down in a frown that bordered on a sneer that barely hid hints of malice and ill will. It was a face many a recruit had seen while navigating the life-change known as boot camp.

The DI took his picture with his sister’s phone, punched a button or two and put the phone down again.

When his sister returned, book in hand, to tell Austin he could come over to the house to pick it up, he was gone. He had disconnected. Then she saw the photo her brother had sent, along with these words:
“I’m watching you!”

By now the scowl was gone, replaced by the big grin she knew so well. She sighed, shrugged her shoulders and smiled back. What else can a girl expect when her big brother is a sergeant in the Marine Corps and a drill instructor to boot?

We haven’t seen Austin all week, maybe after the Marine flies back to the Depot and begins working with another class of recruits.  

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Comment by Dales mom on October 7, 2014 at 3:35pm
As a mother of 5 with one daughter I love this story. My marine is the oldest and so protective of his sister. He tells her she will never have a date. I can see him doing something like that.
Comment by 1~Faithsmom(Karen) on September 3, 2014 at 6:42pm

Comment by Colton's Mom on August 6, 2014 at 2:40pm

That's awesome!  I love it! Thank you so much for sharing!

Comment by raisedhimright on August 6, 2014 at 6:23am

Double Dad...........OMG!  I can see it allso clearly.  Your daughter is so fortunate to have not one but two brothers who as the saying goes are not only good looking but can kick A- - too:).


  Many years ago my honey who is a Marine veteran gave a boyfriend of our daughters a similar treatment.  Bridget didn't mind, she had been looking for a way to break it off for months:).  Her Marine step-dad did the trick.  The look is something you never lose:) he can still make grown men cry if needed:).  Great story!


God Bless and Semper Fi




PMG'MA of LCpl. Kevin

Joshua 1-9

Comment by 1~alex2toes(Dianne) on August 4, 2014 at 6:22pm

With 4 brothers, I am sure glad cell phones were not around when I was dating. lol Great story!

Comment by Njrainy59 on August 4, 2014 at 11:45am

Just Perfect ! My son did his boot at MCRD San Diego, graduated in September 2011. Just became a Corporal a few days ago ! PROUD MOM !!!!

Comment by Lea on August 2, 2014 at 1:25pm


I swear, I think I saw your son last January at the PX on MCRD. I started to say something to him but my daughter said, with a look of death, don't bother the DI.   

Comment by 1~17smom (Julie) on August 1, 2014 at 5:10pm

Double Dad, I've missed your stories!

This one really, really cracked me up.  I can so visualize that sequence of events.  It's obvious your daughter knows her brother loves her/was jerking her chain, and has learned to live with it.  And she can explain it to Austin later.

On the up side, she now has a handy dandy photo of her big brother that she, herself, can send to somebody that she really does want to scare off.  Make sure she doesn't delete it!  You never know when she'll want to marshal the "big guns."

I'm not sharing this story with my Marine, who happens to be the little brother to his big sister.  He really doesn't approve of his sister's current boyfriend, and might be tempted to try the same thing.  While not a DI, he still outweighs the boyfriend, both literally and figuratively, and might consider this a perfect solution to "save" his big sis.

Comment by GiGi on August 1, 2014 at 12:29pm

Cute got a laugh out of me :)

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