When our youngest daughter Samara told us she wanted to become a Marine, I didn’t think it would stick. At that moment, I forgot how strong-willed she had always been. She had initially planned to join the Air Force but wanted a different challenge. Just over an hour ago, she drove off in a car with her new husband, Robert (already a Marine), to San Diego for her flight tonight. She is heading to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in South Carolina for 13 weeks of boot camp.
I cried like a baby as she pulled out of the driveway. And I couldn’t help be recall the first time I held her. It was in the lobby of a hotel in Guatemala City, Guatemala (below). I cried like a baby then too. She is off on a path I never imagined for her. At 4′ 11″, she will not be your typical marine. Then again, she’s never been your typical anything. We love you, Samara. Go kick some ass.
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