"The ceremony will begin in approximately one minute."
That's when I began to tear up. I was so happy that I would soon see my little brother Da'Kari!
It's been five months since I last saw him. I spent a couple of hours with him before he had to ship out from Fort Gilliem in Forest Park, GA back on June 29. I cried even then on my way to see him ship out. I cried when he got on the bus. And I cried all the way back to work.
I've been a crying fool! He was my main running buddy, so I've been missing him something awful...
He's been in basic training down at Fort Benning in Columbus Georgia since June 29. It's one and a half hours from my home. The drive was horrendous, since it stormed something terrible during most of my drive.
I cried a little more when he marched out. He doesn't even look the same. Not an ounce of baby fat. No facial hair (save for his thick eyebrows!). He's grown a couple of inches. I almost didn't recognize him!
It was such a good feeling to get a big hug from him, and just to see that he was alright. He should have graduated way back in mid-September, but was sidelined with a knee injury. So he had to repeat basic training.
He was part of a demonstration where he came out dressed in full camouflage gear and carrying a grenade launcher. I found that to be a bit scary! LOL!
But overall, he was so happy, and he had some crazy basic training stories to tell... He's so freakin' polite now. Everything is "Yes ma'am" or "Yes Sir". It took him a while, but he eventually started calling me "Shawty!" again!
I was so proud of him! I can honestly say that I am so glad that we went ahead and did what he wanted to do: join the army.
He is in Baltimore, Maryland for 3 months on his regular training.
So congratulations lil' boy!!! And continued success up in B-More, Maryland...
I'll get up with you on your Christmas break!