Off to camp... Boot Camp
by Casey White
June 23, 2003
Knowing of the prankish past of this youngster, and his constant state of being grounded at home, I asked him, "So, how are you going to do in the Army? You do know you have to do what they say, right? No talking back, right?"
"Oh yeah. I know. My cousin did it, and he's told me all about it. If he can do it, so can I." Another smile.
"And what about the push-ups, the sit-ups, the 10 mile runs with a full pack?"
"Well, I've started excercising. I'll handle it."
Somehow, I don't think there is any way to fully prepare for the experience. So I shook his hand and told him he'd do fine. That he would just have to hang in there. Did I notice, just for a slight moment, that he was nervous about his upcoming tour? "You'll be alright," I said.
He went back to hanging out at the basketball hoop. Ten more days to still be a kid.
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