Alright, we know we're on the Navy for Mom's website, and we share stories of our sailors and what they do in the Navy and how proud we are of them. With Fathers Day this Sunday I just want to know that as a wife and a mom I wouldn't have the fine young men that I have the prevlidge of calling my sons.
My sailor son wanted to join the Navy when he was eight years old and watched "Top Gun", I know my son isn't the only one who was influenced by that movie, but God had it in mind to give my son near sightness so being a Naval Aviator wasn't going to happen. As he grew up he still had his sites on joining the Navy and since dad was in the Navy he asked questions from time to time. He would tell him the good stories and always told him that if he wanted to go in the Navy we would support his decission 100%.
We got our boys involved in Boy Scouts, starting with Cub Scouts, and our sailor eanred the rank of Eagle Scout his junior year of high school. I was very proud of his achievement, but my husband was so proud and bragged to everyone he saw. High school graduation didn't even come close to the bragging rights of being the dad of an Eagle Scout. Scouts was a wonderful tool for our son, taught him that with hard work and completing tasks at hand, rank advancement was acheived. Great preperation for Navy life.
The day we sent our son to bootcamp, we went to the MEPS and watch the swearing in. Tears of pride were in my husband eyes, and I held mine back until we said that last "see you at graduation" and left him behind to start his adventure in life. PIR day was great and while I got the first hug from my sailor, a firm handshake and "I'm proud of you" came in right after from his dad. Now our sailor is in San Diego, serving on USS Nimitz. When we took his truck down in April it was a fast but memorable trip, getting to tour the Nimitz with our son as our guide, seeing some great sights in San Diego, having dinner in the Gas Light District, meeting his shipmates, a great time for us both. The best part of that visit, seeing my son and his dad kick it back in the park area of Old San Diego and just talking man to man. I could see my husband in my son like I was looking at twins.
So to the dads out there who don't get all the credit that's deserved. We are so thankful that you also raised fine young men and women who serve the Navy with pride. I hope that you see some of yourself in your son or daughter because you, as their father, had much more influence then what you'd think. Happy Fathers Day to all Navy dads! God bless our sailors, God bless ALL Navy families.