Feb 27, 11
Dear Family,This is the first time they have allowed us to actually write, so I am sorry it taking so long and if your wondering why I'm writing in all caps (cap lock is stuck) it's cuz I'm practicing; here at boot camp this kind of print is used on everything.
OK, so at this point in time (notice date) I don't know whether or not you wrote me or not, like I said before I left, the mail takes forever. I've never really written letters before so I'm going to give news, with parts for every one at home, while directing the majority to every one. ( which is exactly what writing a letter is)
If I were you guys, I'd wanna know how day 1 went, here you go: After getting off the bus that took me from the airport to the front of the base, I step into the first building and BAM! The biggest, scariest black guy is yelling in every ones face saying "What are you looking at? Don't look at me! Stand at attention"...and etc. You should know about 50% of what he said I had to censor. So that was day 1, after I learned to just do what they tell you when they tell you, it became 100% easier.
I've made several freinds, but I can't hold a convo ( not quite sure here what he meant to say so just copied it as it was written) with anyone here, except to know every group has at least one screw up, well this one has 3. I pretty much hate those guys. Aside from them, I've been laying low ( until lately, I'll explain later), extremely low, how low you ask? At one point, I asked one of my RDC's ( recruit division commander) a question and he replied "Who are you? Are you in my division?" I was stoked! I'm not a "squeaky wheel" That was for daddy. Also for daddy, I'm sure your curious about my commanders, well the lowest ranking one is a petty officer 2nd class, then there's a petty officer 1st class, and then we have a chief petty officer.
I actually really like my RDC's, they are extremely helpful and only yell when people mess up, which is like 80% of the time, at the least. Now like I said earlier about laying low, I got picked to be on "ship's staff". It sucks, my uniform is inspectable at any time! And I have to stay calm in front of very high ranking officers upto and including a captain! And that is really high. ( Here I see my little boy letting me know how important a Captain is)
Now that's the bad news, but I do have good news I've already been promoted to an E-2! OOH YA! I had to pass a written test, a running, push up, situp and swim test, all of this timed by the way. But I passed an I now rank higher than like half the guys here.
Like I said, I haven't gotten a letter yet, so I'm gonna ask some questions, hopefully no repeats. Brother you got your shiz together yet? How's Queeny? ( Queenie is the crazy Jack Russell who slept with Zach for her whole life and even now lays on his bed with his electric blanket on, whining when it goes off) Hahaha. Mom, Are the bills easier with me gone? I'm actually very curious. Daddy, how are you feeling? Is my brother doing the chores well?
That's all I can think of :)
PS I forgot, I've folded more sheets and blankets in 3 weeks than I have in 19 years!
So this is my son's first real letter home from boot camp and while it warmed my heart to read he is doing well it also broke it that he hopes by leaving he has made it easier to pay the bills and feed his brother.
I see him becoming a great caring man and I miss him everyday and when I told him he sounded like a man and he giggled like a little boy it made my day.
If anyone would like to drop him a line I would love to give you his address. Please pm me for the information so he doesn't get silly letters from any crazies that may lurk in the shadows.
Well first letter down many to go and I am happy to know you all are along for the ride.