I posted this on the College Basketball message board yesterday. I thought I'd also post in on my blog so that my Husker buddies and my other connections can see it too:
Adam graduated from Infantry school yesterday. My 72 year-old mother flew down from Nebraska and she rode with Renee and me to Ft. Benning in Georgia to see the ceremony.
I was so surprised at the change in him. When my nephew graduated from basic in the Marines, he and most every other recruit there looked like a kid, but Adam really looked like a man. I'm very proud.
He excelled in his training, was a team leader during boot camp and participated in a demonstration during the ceremony in which he was dressed in full battle gear and jumped out of a tank, guns a-blazing.
I bought him a steak dinner and took him to get a tattoo. It was a good time.
I just can't believe my son is now a grown man, a disciplined fighting man who wants to become a Ranger, and who will proudly defend our country next year in either Iraq or Afghanistan.