Saturday, May 28, 2016


Letters have arrived from our Little Girl in the Big Army.

They were written on notebook paper, folded and the name of the intended recipient on the outside, all stuffed into one envelope.

Because she didn't have her address yet, the one to which we could write, she used Grandma and Grandpa's address as the return address.  It really threw me, since she sent the letter to her brother at this address, and i knew good and well the handwriting was not Grandma's or Grandpa's.

There were notes for everyone, telling us such things as that she's getting more used to the place, many of the people she is with speak only Spanish so she's having trouble talking to them, and that she will be moving into the full basic training from the reception center very soon.  Right now, apparently, she's doing lots and lots of marching.

A couple of days after the letters, she was able to send her address to us so we could write back.  As is typical for this generation, it was a photo of the address card they gave her, sent as a text on her phone.  Their sergeants let them have their phones to send the address, then took the phones away again.  Even the army has figured out the kids want to do everything on a gadget.

Of course i wrote to her immediately, on the good stationery, and i'm going to be sending her some writing paper, and the tax paperwork she wasn't able to sign before she left.  We have to get her taxes in, after all, no matter what.  Also, since she didn't get a chance to register to vote before she left, i will send her a voter registration card to fill out.  She would hate to miss voting this November, it will be her first time.

Red-headed Alec and i agree that we need to write to her a lot.  He remembers being away at a special summer school/camp, and how it was being the person who never got mail.  He never wants her to have that feeling.

Once i find out what i am and am not allowed to send, i want to send care packages, too.  Yes, i'm going to be "that mom," the one who embarrasses her kid.  After all, that's what parents are for, and i'll send enough for her to share.  That generally makes it all better.

Today is:

Alma Highland Festival and Games -- Alma College, Alma, Michigan (annual celebration of Scottish heritage, with world class entertainment and fun; through tomorrow)

Araw ng Watawat -- Philippines (Flag Day)

ARMAD: Amateur Radio Military Appreciation Day -- US ("Ham it up for the troops!" is the motto of amateur ham radio operators on the Saturday before Memorial Day) 

Armed Forces Day -- Croatia

Contemplate Your Vicissitudes Day -- no, i still don't know who thinks up this stuff, i can think of much better things to contemplate, thank you

Day of Pin-Hiding and Button-Losing -- Fairy Calendar

Downfall of the Dergue Day/National Day -- Ethiopia

Ganatantra Diwas / Republic Day -- Nepal (National Day)

International Blacksmith's Day

International Jazz Day -- date as originally set by the New Jersey Jazz Society, on the Saturday before US Memorial Day

Isle of Man Tourist Trophy -- Isle of Man (through June 10; two weeks of the finest road racing on earth)

Julia Pierpont Day -- US (she came up with Decoration Day, the precursor to US Memorial Day; prepare veterans' graves for Memorial Day today)

National Brisket Day

National Hamburger Day

Republic Day -- Armenia; Azerbaijan

Slugs Return From Capistrano Day -- where they spent the winter, so don't go out on the patio barefoot until the first frost; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

St. Bernard of Montjoux's Day (Founder of Alpine hospices; Patron of Alpinists, the Alps, mountain climbers, mountaineers, skiers, and travelers in the mountains)

Suigo Itako Ayame Matsuri -- Maekawa Ayame-en, Itako, Japan (Iris Flower Festival, with over a million blooms of 500 species, special dance and demonstrations on weekends; through the end of June)

Taste of Cincinnati -- Cincinnati, OH, US (6 blocks of Downtown Cincinnati is turned into a big food extravaganza; through Monday)

Tivoli Fest -- Elk Horn, IA, US (annual celebration of the area's Danish roots; through tomorrow)

Utica Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Festival -- Utica, OH, US (local artisans, pony rides, antique gas engines, car show, motorcycle show, magic show, and more, plus tons of ice cream! through Monday)

War of Jenkin's Ear Living History Demonstrations -- Wormsloe State Historic Site, Savannah, GA, US (a colonial living-history event with musket demonstrations, military drills, tomahawk throwing and more; through Monday)

Whooping Crane Day -- US (birth anniversary of the first crane born in captivity; because those born in captivity refused to breed after they grew up, the attempt to restore numbers this way was discontinued, but these are beautiful birds worth saving)

Women in Trousers Day -- US (on this day in 1923, the US Attorney General announced his determination that it was indeed legal for women to wear trousers anywhere)

World Hunger Day -- The Hunger Project

Anniversary Today:

Amnesty International is founded, 1961
Sierra Club is founded, 1892

Birthdays Today:

Joseph Cross, 1986
Carey Mulligan, 1985
Jesse Bradford, 1979
Sicily Yoder, 1969
Kylie Minogue, 1968
Glen Rice, 1967
Christa Miller, 1964
Sondra Locke, 1947
John Fogerty, 1945
Rudolph Guiliani, 1944
Gladys Knight, 1944
Annette, Cecile, Emilie, Marie, and Yvonne Dionne , 1934
Carroll Baker, 1931
Barry Commoner, 1917
Ian Fleming, 1908
Jim Thorpe, 1888
Louis Agassiz, 1807
William Pitt, 1759

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Magic Show"(Musical), 1974
"Lock Up Your Daughters"(Musical), 1959
Melody(Disney cartoon film, first ever in 3-D), 1953 
"Zoo Parade"(TV), 1950
"Louisiana Purchase"(Musical), 1940
"Mathis der Maler / Matthias the Painter"(Opera), 1938
"L'Arianna / Ariadne"(Opera), 1608

Today in History:

A solar eclipse occurs, as predicted by Greek philosopher and scientist Thales, while Alyattes is battling Cyaxares in the Battle of the Eclipse;this leads to a truce and becomes one of the cardinal dates from which other dates can be calculated, BC585
James IV of Scotland and Margaret Tudor are married according to a Papal Bull by Pope Alexander VI and a Treaty of Everlasting Peace (which lasted 10 years) between Scotland and England is signed, 1503
The Spanish Armada, with 130 ships and 30,000 men, sets sail from Lisbon heading for the English Channel (it will takes until May 30 for all of the ships to leave port), 1588
In the first engagement of the French and Indian War, Virginia militia under 22-year-old Lieutenant Colonel George Washington defeat a French reconnaissance party, 1754
Big Ben is drawn on a carriage pulled by 16 horses from Whitechapel Bell Foundry to the Palace of Westminster, 1859
In San Francisco, California, John Muir organizes the Sierra Club, 1892
In the Russo-Japanese War, the Battle of Tsushima ends with the destruction of the Russian Baltic Fleet by the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1905
John B Gruelle patents Raggedy Ann doll, 1915
The US Attorney General says it is legal for women to wear trousers, 1923
The first all color talking picture, "On With the Show", is shown in NYC, 1929
The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California, is officially opened, 1937
Neville Chamberlain becomes British Prime Minister, 1937
The women of Greece are given the right to vote, 1952
The Palestine Liberation Organization is formed, 1964
Fifteen West African countries sign the Treaty of Lagos, creating the Economic Community of West African States, 1975
Eritrea and Monaco join the United Nations, 1993
NATO declares Russia a limited partner in the Western alliance, 2002
The Mars Odyssey finds signs of large ice deposits on the planet Mars, 2002
The first meeting of the Constituent Assembly of Nepal formally declares Nepal a republic, ending the 240-year reign of the Shah dynasty, 2008
'Le Monde' reports the Assad regime in Syria continues to use chemical weapons, 2013


  1. I remember in school hanging around the kids who had "That" mom and would share the care package.

  2. I know you'll be that mom and she'll like it and so will her friends. You're a good mom. You've got awesome kids too.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ☺

  3. What a sweet and precious time. She wrote to nice. Nothing wrong with being "that mom."

  4. really glad they allowed them to text the mailing address! saved days worth of delay that a letter could be back enroute to her to keep her spirits up! bless little girl in the big army. :)

  5. How lucky she is to have "that mom" as her mother. I hope she is enjoying her new experience.

  6. You must be very proud of her and her for you. It must be very difficult for all of you but love carries on every day. My congratulations to her. See ya my friend.

    Cruisin Paul


Thanks for meandering by and letting me know you were here!
Comments on posts more than a week old are moderated.
If Blogger puts your comment in "spam jail," i'll try to get it hauled out by day's end.