Or how a step dad can see his ex punk step son become a man.
Cody my step son ...... 19 1/2 years old - graduated fron Navy Boot Camp 6th April (Great Lakes IL). The change in this young man was staggering.... perhaps not too surprising seeing as basic is pretty tough in all services - lot of discipline. He sees things from a much less selfish perspective, thinks of others and all in all has simply matured.
I just got off the phone after a long enjoyable chat - hearing how things were and what he is doing. He has been in Pensacola since graduating and tomorrow graduates from his first month as apprentice aircrew. Today he did his shooting qualification (Beretta 92) - and easily managed sharpshooter - that's my boy
Monday he starts 150 days of some serious and involved learning for his job and expects at the end of that to be flying 6 to 12 hours a day. Not sure yet what platform.
Why do I write this? - simple ....... unmitigated pride and the joy of at last knowing a young guy properly. A ''kid'' no longer a kid ... who I always cared for but with whom no real relationship had been possible.
That is all changed - it is a thrill.