Career Revisited. {aka, I Can’t Control Everything}

On Friday, April 2nd, I attended the swearing-in ceremony for Lolo and six other newly deputized Police Officers.

She’s so happy. *sigh*


I was going to create a long post, sharing the details of how she got here, (again) but I thought I’d do a short and simple post.


After earning her Masters, we didn’t think she would be back in this field, but what’s the saying? You make plans, and God laughs (in your face)?

I was there this time to pin her Badge on her. (the last time, Coach did it) She and I both snickered when the Chief called me up and said “Her Mother Susan” will be pinning her. Always with Susan…


She’s intelligent, compassionate, and dedicated. Just what Law Enforcement needs.


Please keep her in your thoughts. This Mom won’t be getting decent rest until She is the Chief Of Police, which should be any minute now.

XO

Can You Spare Some Prayers, Good Mojo, or Positive Vibes?

Our Nathan is nearing the end of his Marine Corp boot camp and will be completing The Crucible this weekend. (beginning Friday morning approximately 2am)

Lolo & Nathan, November 2020

When I first read the word Crucible, I was thinking, is he being tried as a witch? Nope, Suzanne, NOT THAT CRUCIBLE.

THE FINAL CHALLENGE OF RECRUIT TRAINING IS KNOWN AS THE CRUCIBLE. IT IS A 54-HOUR TRAINING EXERCISE THAT VALIDATES THE PHYSICAL, MENTAL AND MORAL TRAINING THEY’VE ENDURED THROUGHOUT RECRUIT TRAINING.

THE RECRUITS ARE BROKEN DOWN INTO SQUADS TO FACE THE CHALLENGES OF THE CRUCIBLE. THEY FACE CHALLENGES TESTING THEIR PHYSICAL STRENGTH, SKILLS AND THE MARINE CORPS VALUES THEY HAVE LEARNED THROUGHOUT TRAINING. THROUGHOUT THE EVENT, THE RECRUITS ARE ONLY ALLOWED A LIMITED AMOUNT OF FOOD AND SLEEP.

THE FINAL STAGE OF THE CRUCIBLE IS A 9-MILE HIKE FROM THE TRAINING GROUNDS TO THE IWO JIMA FLAG RAISING STATUE AT PEATROSS PARADE DECK. UPON COMPLETING THIS CHALLENGE, THE RECRUITS ARE HANDED THEIR EAGLE, GLOBE AND ANCHORS, SYMBOLIZING THE COMPLETION OF THEIR ARDUOUS JOURNEY TO BECOME U.S. MARINES.

Marching for 48 miles sounds like a blast. They have limited food intake, very little sleep AND are being challenged all the while. This ain’t for sissies.

Nathan is both mentally and physically strong and we know he will do well, but we’d love for him to do it well without sustaining any injuries that could cause him to be delayed in his progress.

We will not see his face until August. I can’t wait until this is over and he goes back to being just a regular old Popo; you know, no risk there either!


Anyhoo. I’m thanking you in advance for your good thoughts. Being a Marine (reserve) will fulfill one dream of his. His other being my Son in law will happen in October. 😉

I will see Lolo Friday, because she also has a ‘big thing’ happening. She’s hanging in there all things considered.

I’ll share next week; God willing and the creek don’t rise.

XOXO

The One Where You Dance Like Everyone IS Watching. You Know, The First One.

Lolo was over a few weekends ago and we discussed songs for their first dance. Wait, DID I TELL YOU THERE IS GOING TO BE A WEDDING?

Oh, I did? 49 times? really? *snicker snicker*

Photos by Ailyn La Torre Photography

She’s struggling come up with a first dance song for them and since Nathan has jumped ship for the Marines, his input is mute. I worry that she/they are so untraditional that if one is not chosen, it will be scrapped from the event and I’ll be over in a corner crying.


Wait: Lets backtrack for a moment, shall we? I mentioned that they are untraditional, but really, not in that weird way that some people are. She’s a bit more feminist about things and they’re more spiritual than religious. I was at their home about 6 months ago; we were talking about something and I noticed on the dining room table Lolo had hand embroidered table napkins. (we love cloth napkins in this family) What did she embroider on them? Characters from Star Wars because who doesn’t. You know, CP30, Darth and the like. I noted how cute they were and I know how much they both love Star Wars because deep down inside they are just the sweetest nerds. They both stood there and with a serious face Lolo said:

Oh, we’ve decided that I will walk down the aisle to the theme song from Star Wars.

Me: What? WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME?

They both laughed and said they were kidding. I swear, I thought they were serious. And did you notice how I took this as a “IT’S an ABOUT ME” thing?


Back to choosing a song. I love this song by Train: Marry Me. Whenever I hear it I think: “this would be the perfect song for their first dance” and whenever I mention it to Lolo she says NO; too obvious Mom.

I told the Coach a few months ago the same thing: This would be the perfect first dance for Lolo and Nathan, but they don’t like it. I don’t get it. Shouldn’t they do what I want? He laughed and said NO.

OH SNAP.

“You wear white and I’ll wear out the words I love you. “

While she was here Lolo and I did come up with some nice non-traditional songs that are not obvious she’s gonna think about.

Now, lets really make this about me. And he.

The Coach and I were married in 1991. I was 23, he was 25. I believe I chose the song and he showed up. What did we have our first dance to as husband and wife?

I’ll give you four choices and if you pick the right one I’ll mail you a plaque handwritten in calligraphy stating that you are the Official Smartest Guesser On The Planet. Or at least on this blog.

Some songs are just a classic and never go out of style and some, well, some are just forgettable.

Please share your best guess and if YOU were/are married, share your first dance song.

XOXO