So, if you're a new service academy parent, welcome to the club! So here's my little "This was awesome moment". DS came home for Spring Break, and we were all sitting down and having dinner at a local restaurant. Conversation was going well, and we're getting all caught up on what the life of a newly 'recognized cadet' is like. The food was on the way. I could see them putting it on the trays....Then he pauses....and says "Thanks Mom & Dad. All those times you yelled at me about the room, or home work, wakingup, or whatever it was..... I now understand that you weren't just being grumpy, you were getting me ready. And I wouldn't be here with out you. So...thanks." I swear he did that just to see me tear up in public. And I am a Marine! Marines don't do that!!! (If you believe that one, I have some beach front property to sell you) So, if you have a newly appointed appointee (they're truly not kids anymore), congratulations!