- 6 years ago
- Wedding: September 2014 - Garden outside our church
How’s this for a rant only military bees would understand:
My family gathered for my father’s 80th birthday celebration over the weekend. My dearest is still a bit of a pariah, especially when my brother-in-law is involved, so he happily stayed home with the pups. Anyway, we had a great weekend until Sunday night, when it was just my parents, my neice, and me talking after supper. We were recapping the weekend and my Dad (who did his four years after ROTC, which included Korea) mentioned how strange it is that my nephew doesn’t like meat, but is so interested in weaponry and the military (yeah, my dad has some strange ideas about how things should be…).
I replied “well, I know a Ranger who’s vegetarian”.
My mom: “That’s only because you demasculinated him” (I think this was said jokingly…and who knows what eating meat has to do with being masculine)
Dad: “Who? Oh, that idiot, HE is NOT a Ranger!”
There are so many bizarre things about this conversation, the greatest of which is that my sister-in-law’s cousin’s husband (ahh, the joys of a big family and small town!), who was in my sweetie’s battalion when he was commander, is the source of this “information” to my family.
Needless to say, I was upset that my dad would 1) call my dearest an idiot and a liar, and 2) that my SIL’s cousin-in-law would lie about that–and that my family believes him over us.
As soon as I got home, dearest and I had a stiff drink, scanned his DD214, and sent it to my dad.
GRRRR!!!! just had to share with the only group of people who might understand!
(edited to add for those non-military bees that being a Ranger is a big deal–when my sweetie went through Ranger school, a death per class was considered acceptable. It’s basically going through Hell while starving, all so you can risk your life even more in service. Also, the military was my dearest’s life work and something of which is is rightfully proud. To queston his creditials is questioning his honesty and integrity and basically stabbing him in the heart.
and a DD214 is his military service record from when he retired)