I confused a lot of people by the way I wrote my post about our son’s promotion ceremony. Brian was the son being promoted. Our other son Ben was there to honor him. I apologize for the confusion.
Above is Brian being pinned by his wife Kristi, twin sons Zachary and Alexander, and his mother-in-law Carol.
That day was special to my Beloved and me for another reason: We were celebrating our 38th wedding anniversary.
My Beloved Heidi, our son Ben, and our grandson Thomas just returned from a whirlwind (6,000 miles in three days) trip to Maryland to experience our son Brian’s pinning ceremony and his taking the oath of office as a Major in the USAF.
Every family member present was asked to pin one of the gold oak leafs onto his uniform.The third photo down shows his wife Kristi, their four-year-old twin sons Zachary and Alexander, and his Mother-In-Law Carol, doing their part during the pinning ceremony. My Beloved and I replaced his shirt epaulettes that had his Captain’s “Railroad Tracks” with ones that had a gold oak leaf.
The Lt. Colonel presiding read off a long list of Brian’s major (no pun intended) positions held, some of which we had never heard about for security reasons. As just one example, we had no idea he led a group of 67 people. As you can probably tell, we’re all very proud of Brian.
The fourth photo is of an engraved plaque that one of his subordinates from an earlier assignment had made to honor Brian’s promotion to Major. He was touched by the thoughtful gift.
Shortly after the birth of their second child, a husband offered to take his wife shopping for a new dress. He endured more than two hours of listening to her complaints about which figure flaw each dress accentuated.
As she emerged from the dressing room, having tried on the last selection, she asked for her husband’s opinion. By this time he had learned just the right things to say. “It’s perfect!” he exclaimed. “It makes your waist look smaller, your legs look longer, and slenderizes your hips.”
Just then another lady in the dressing room spoke out. “If there is a dress here that will do that, I’ll buy them all!”
My first shipments of all three titles arrived last night. Thank you for all those who pre-ordered copies. Buyers in the U.S. saved $3.05-7.99 per title versus the Amazon price! I plan to sign, package, and take your copies to the post office this afternoon.
It’s not too late if you didn’t pre-order them. You can now buy a hardcopy signed by me for $20 each. I’ll pay shipping charges via USPS Media Mail in the U.S, handling, and any applicable sales tax.
Three little boys were bragging about how tough they were.
“I’m so tough,” said the first boy, “that I can wear out a pair of shoes in a week.”
“Well,” said the second boy, “I’m so tough, I can wear out a pair of jeans in a day.”
“That’s nothing,” said the third boy. “When my parents take me to see Grandma and Grandpa, I can wear them out in just one hour.”
Doctor to patient: I have good news and bad news. The good news is that you are not a hypochondriac.