Saturday, October 31, 2009

Crucible Journal (Part 10)

The following is a portion of a journal a recruit kept while at bootcamp on Parris Island as he embarked on the Crucible and became a United States Marine.


Dear Journal,

0500. Got up and dressed. Morning chow was good. After we went out on the Parade Deck so the Drill Master could mark the deck with chalk for our Graduation Ceremony. We were all talking about our families yesterday and who was coming up on Thursday. Today we were trading "My Mom on Thursday" stories…"My Mom is gonna cry and hug me for about 30 minutes! ….. "My Mom is gonna run everyone over when we are dismissed." and "My Mom is gonna already be standing at attention next to me!!"

We had noon chow, then started cleaning up the squadbay and our weapons. We have to turn them in on Tuesday. Since we are now Marines, the Drill Instructors treat us like we are FMF (Fleet Marine Force). They expect us to act responsibly and act like Marines (in accordance with all the things they taught us). It is a much nicer atmosphere.

The rest of our short week will be just getting processed for final orders. Monday through Wednesday, everything we do is in preparation for Family Day and Graduation!!

Now that I finished Crucible, the anticipation of seeing my family is growing. I keep asking myself, "How could it have gone by so fast?" And before, it seemed as if this day would never get here!!

…Praise to you Lord for bringing me through this, and I ask that you bring my family safely to me…

The rest of the day we had Liberty, so we basically chilled and hung out most of the day. We got to shop if we wanted. Our DI's told us we had to buy something. They are so cool. I bought a watch because today is the first day I can wear one!

Well, I have to go now…....I'm next in line to make an important phone call!!!"

This is the Last Journal Entry. Thanks to Peggy pginbr Delta Co Marine Mom


1 comment:

sobeit said...

Hey...I haven't been in the blogging world for a while. I'm trying to get back into the groove. Thought I would stop by and see what you were up to! :)