Discussion in 'Service Academy Parents' started by Just Dad, Jun 17, 2018.
Academy classes always say, "My class was the last class that had it hard, etc....The more recent years have been easy." I'm pretty sure that happens literally every year, and has gone back decades. To take that saying and run with it is pretty far fetched.
Outstanding. I tip my hat to you Sir.
My mom's care packages were well known in the dorm all 4 years I was at USAFA. She would basically peruse the clearance and classic toy sections of every store she went to and buy anything that looked funny, entertaining, representative of somewhere cool she or a sibling went, or useful, and make that into a care package using the large flat rate USPS box. The best part was the element of surprise when a package came. I could always count on some kind of food (cookies or brownies with a slice of bread in the bag to keep them soft were the norm) and a whole lot of fun and useful items. Some examples include:
Nerf gun (this came in my very first package with a pile of darts and remained on my desk and in constant use all 4 years)
Mini nerf gun (for when you need a nerf gun on the go, obviously)
Nerf desktop missile launcher (one of my favorites)
Pen with a remote control car attached to the end
Dry erase window markers (for physics on the windows)
Lots and lots of tea bags
A heating element (to make hot chocolate/tea/oatmeal in the room)
I would say this was nothing like being a helicopter parent, it was a way for my mom to show me she was thinking about me (by always being on the lookout for some good stuff for these packages) and for me, while I clearly didn't NEED this stuff or these packages, I worked my butt off at USAFA and while I am generally pretty upbeat and happy, the academies wear on you no matter who you are, and even a brief lift in mood from a care package can turn a crappy week around.
@flieger83 Your story made me cry. What a kind and thoughtful mom you were blessed with. Thanks so much for sharing that personal story.
What an amazing story. I wish I had read this a year ago when my daughter was just starting at NWP and I would have done the same for her birthday dec 7. She had 20 roommates in the girls NWP dorm but I could have worked it out. I will be starting the tradition this year for her plebe year at usma and for all her years forward! Thank you for sharing!
I’m sorry for your loss. That is a beautiful story. God bless.
Separate names with a comma.