8 states, 7 days, 4 people, 1 graduation  

secret_lade 47F
14092 posts
9/14/2021 3:55 am
8 states, 7 days, 4 people, 1 graduation


We all have a few special moments that will live in our minds as 'the best' moment ever.

The birth of ....

Wedding days....

Special personal accomplishments....

For me, watching my Marine graduate became one of those moments. I can't even describe the pride I feel for him and this accomplishment he has earned.

Even more special after visiting where he has been through all this.....

I learned something very important during the course of this visit to South Carolina.

I was NOT meant to live anywhere near a hot weather climate.

I spent my days like a gross, sweaty mess with semi-wet frizzy hair, feet bit to hell by red ants.

I learned quickly that sandals were not my friend in SC.

By graduation day on Friday, I was nearly unrecognizable. I sat in the stands, waiting for the graduation to commence, and kind of scanned the crowd around me.

Beautiful women with perfect make-up and perfectly styled hair.....

And then there was me. Trailer trash Tammy who just rolled up in her pick-up truck with the rebel flag window tint.

Ugh.....

Dirt stuck to my sweaty legs with a ring of ant bites around my ankles.

Classy

If I were given a choice to do it all over again and relive that moment when my Marine marched across the Parade Deck before me? I would relive every last miserable detail!

Happy Tuesday!

Erogedyne 69M
910 posts
9/27/2021 12:57 pm

Sometimes it's worth the pain of going south for a very special occasion. Your marine's graduation was certainly one of those occasions!

I hear that chugging a few shots of Southern Comfort does wonders for those pesky southern red ant bites! (why do you think they call it, "Southern Comfort"????!!!

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Sakwes77 67M
141 posts
9/16/2021 10:29 pm

The more I read the more I like what I read.

I don't do heat well. I was born in this climate and was never able to adapt to temperatures over 75

I also prefer down to earth people, I don't expect perfection from anyone.
We all have our disheveled moments, I expect and appreciate that.

Those moments can become cherished memories, because they often accompany special moments. Like a son or daughter's first day in school, or in uniform.

I wish I could meet you. You sound like my kind of people.


mc_justmc 61M  
6843 posts
9/15/2021 4:22 am

Great news about your son. The south is where I want to be come winter time.


spunkycumfun 61M/66F
39371 posts
9/15/2021 3:31 am

I couldn't live in a humid heat - I like my heat dry.
I love frizzy hair!


secret_lade 47F
8781 posts
9/15/2021 3:23 am

    Quoting lickeyzsplit:
    Congrats Proud Mom !!! You absolutely Rock !! And to your son Well Done !! Have a great week !xoxo
Thank you


lickeyzsplit 59M  
1415 posts
9/14/2021 6:08 pm

Congrats Proud Mom !!! You absolutely Rock !! And to your son Well Done !! Have a great week !xoxo


secret_lade 47F
8781 posts
9/14/2021 5:02 pm

    Quoting pagancountrygirl:
    Gotta love the heat and humidity! Especially if you can stay inside with a/c. lol
    In spite of the buggy bites and the sweltering temps, sounds like you had a wonderful time. Congratulations on being the mother of a U.S. Marine!
It was so good to see him, I missed him so much. Seeing him was the best thing on earth for me. I was able to see he was ok, and adjusting to his journey, and excited for his next step. It felt like closure for me, I was ready to let go cause I knew he was ok.


secret_lade 47F
8781 posts
9/14/2021 4:58 pm

    Quoting positively4you:
    Oh, that pick up truck fits very well around here. I love the south but it is what I know. I grew up with no air conditioning.
    Congrats on his achievement. Training in this heat makes them tough..
Oh, I have to give you credit!! No air? I know I couldn't have done it!


secret_lade 47F
8781 posts
9/14/2021 4:56 pm

    Quoting citizen4722:
    You stood out from the crowd - Loud & proud.
I stood out alright!! I probably looked like the walking dead. Lol


secret_lade 47F
8781 posts
9/14/2021 4:54 pm

    Quoting lindoboy100:
    Are you sure ye're no' scottish McLade??

    And from my perspective, your TTT would give those plastic people a run for their money anywhere!

    And, you sound like the proudest mum ever in the world, which is rather lovely, and so you should be too!
I am so proud. Love that kid so much!


secret_lade 47F
8781 posts
9/14/2021 4:52 pm

    Quoting MrWrong4RghtNow:
    Congrats to your son! Passing the crucible is very much an accomplishment! My dad was/is a Marine. He got out in ‘75 but the Corps never left him. As for your sweatsoaked shambling self plagued with crimson critters from hell... may I say that I’m a huge horror fan and that visual turned me on?
    No?
    Oh well. I tried.
Once a marine, always a marine. There is no such thing as former.... And, it was definitely a horror story going on with me! Lol


secret_lade 47F
8781 posts
9/14/2021 4:50 pm

    Quoting benard69:
    Welcome back and congrats to the Marine...Spent a summer down in the South and Michigan never looked Better to me!
I was so happy to be back home..... Between the bugs and allergies, I was a hot mess.


secret_lade 47F
8781 posts
9/14/2021 4:47 pm

    Quoting lust4life59:
    To truly understand the heat and humidity in the south, you have to experience it. hahaha.

    And trust me, even us southerners that are used to it can barely stand it, regardless of how we might appear on the outside.

    Glad you made it back and he's finally back home for a few.
He didn't get to come home because of COVID.

My first morning in SC I opened my door and felt like I'd walked into a blast furnace.... Meanwhile, a woman riding a bike breezed by me wearing leggings and a long sleeve shirt. Lol


secret_lade 47F
8781 posts
9/14/2021 4:44 pm

    Quoting Blueyedguy823:
    That's awesome. That humid heat in the Southeast hits you like a wall when you get out of a car. I'm glad you got to be there.
I was truly unprepared for just how much I would sweat. Thank God the condo I had rented had a pool. It was my nightly saviour.


pagancountrygirl 64F
6214 posts
9/14/2021 3:56 pm

Gotta love the heat and humidity! Especially if you can stay inside with a/c. lol
In spite of the buggy bites and the sweltering temps, sounds like you had a wonderful time. Congratulations on being the mother of a U.S. Marine!

Pagan
Hmmmm....I know I left that wand around here somewhere!


positively4you 72F  
4515 posts
9/14/2021 1:13 pm

Oh, that pick up truck fits very well around here. I love the south but it is what I know. I grew up with no air conditioning.
Congrats on his achievement. Training in this heat makes them tough..


citizen4722 63M  
73507 posts
9/14/2021 12:29 pm

You stood out from the crowd - Loud & proud.


lindoboy100 58M
23886 posts
9/14/2021 11:39 am

Are you sure ye're no' scottish McLade??

And from my perspective, your TTT would give those plastic people a run for their money anywhere!

And, you sound like the proudest mum ever in the world, which is rather lovely, and so you should be too!


MrWrong4RghtNow 55M  
2219 posts
9/14/2021 11:06 am

Congrats to your son! Passing the crucible is very much an accomplishment! My dad was/is a Marine. He got out in ‘75 but the Corps never left him. As for your sweatsoaked shambling self plagued with crimson critters from hell... may I say that I’m a huge horror fan and that visual turned me on?
No?
Oh well. I tried.

My name is MrWrong and I approved this comment


benard69 63M/63F  
6208 posts
9/14/2021 10:21 am

Welcome back and congrats to the Marine...Spent a summer down in the South and Michigan never looked Better to me!


lust4life59 62F
2382 posts
9/14/2021 9:27 am

To truly understand the heat and humidity in the south, you have to experience it. hahaha.

And trust me, even us southerners that are used to it can barely stand it, regardless of how we might appear on the outside.

Glad you made it back and he's finally back home for a few.


Blueyedguy823 55M
1001 posts
9/14/2021 9:25 am

That's awesome. That humid heat in the Southeast hits you like a wall when you get out of a car. I'm glad you got to be there.


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