Not really a 1911 post but to be honest this subforum feels more like "home" than any of the other on Glocktalk so I felt I should post this here. Although we are not exactly beer drinking buddies I would count the folks on this subforum more of my friends than on any of the others. I would not blame anyone from not reading past this point since it is not 1911 or even gun related. Sorry if it is out of place :embarassed: Today I am officially a old man I guess. My oldest turned 18 two days ago and today he leaves to go to Lackland AFB for basic training for the USAF. I still have 2 at home (daughter 14 and son 9) but he is my first to leave the nest. Of course I could not be more proud of him and his choice to serve but man is it developing into a tough day. Been a long time since I cried but I might not be able to say that by the end of the day. Very exciting to see him start his adult life in such a positive way but painful to loose him under any circumstances. He is the fourth generation to serve (from the Army, USMC and USN and now the USAF we have hit them all) in our family so I am glad he is keeping that tradition alive. Of course his mother is going to be just wrecked tonight emotionally, that alone is going to be tough to see. Not so sure his brother and sister are as upset he is leaving, after all his 9 year old brother is getting his own room now I guess this same things is going on across this great country in many homes today, the price we pay for an all volunteer armed forces. At his high school graduation in May I witnessed something that still gives me chills. There were 194 kids graduating that night. Three years ago we moved to a small town of 4300 or so people, the graduation was in the local football stadium. As the ceremony progressed they announced all the standard things, valedictorian, scholarship winners, sports stars, honor rolls, perfect attendance etc. As they did this they would announce the kids name and they would stand and then quickly sit with the polite applause to follow. The MC then asked nine kids to stand and remain standing, they were the nine kids ( 2 Army, 4 Navy, 1 USAF & 2 USMC) and who were choosing to serve their country after high school. Those nine kids got the only standing ovation of any group that night. Just seemed where many folks in America today think the armed services are where kids who can't do anything else after high school end up it was nice to see these kids appreciated in such a special way. God bless small town America. Anyways just wanted to vent a little, thanks to those who read this. If nothing else maybe you saved me a little money on a psychiatrist which I can apply towards a new 1911, so I guess this is a 1911 post after all Wanna kill these ads? We can help!