Heard a few times from Timmy this Mother's Day week-end. The first call came after he completed his driving class at a community college some distance from Camp Lejeune, armed with his completion certificate and personality profile (which he said he was going to laminate and keep on his refrigerator for all time) and waiting for his ride from a fellow Marine. He said a hundred transgressors were there to repent. One lady had been driving 110 mph in a 45mph zone. They paired off and completed personality profiles for their partner. Timmy was not partnered with the 110 lady but with Rene, who hitched his hydraulic wheels up and down once too often and got a ticket for reckless driving. Rene's major personality characteristic is Compassion. Timothy, for some reason, had three: Freedom, Fun, and Love & Belonging. So now they're all going to drive more safely? And Timothy will stop running his truck off the road to avoid a crash? Guess so.
Timmy enjoyed his time in the field earlier in the week, doing a "neat" obstacle course with intermittent firing at targets. They tried it once without all of their gear and 40-lb. flak jacket, and Timmy vaulted the high obstacles with ease. With the gear and the jacket, he couldn't get himself off the ground and needed help. He's tall and fit, but not bulked up.
He is going fishing today and every time I think of it, it makes me smile that he is having a pleasant day. I asked him where he would get a fishing rod and he said, "Wal-Mart" but then said, "you know, Mom, I don't care if I have a fishing rod or not, it will be so great just to relax on a boat for a few hours". Indeed it will.