Monday, July 9, 2012

When the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade is not our friend…

The Marine and his Sunshine have recently been transferred. It was so nice to have both grandbabies in the same city (even though it wasn’t my city) for the short time that they were. Luckily for me, they didn’t move too far. At the end of my Nana Mission in Phoenix, I took a few days and drove out to see him. Them, I went to see all of them. Really, what’s a six hour drive when we’re talking about the Lil Prince?


As much as I would have liked to spend three weeks with the Lil Prince, teaching him all kinds of cool stuff like I did with Baby K, I could see the Marine was doing a bang-up job of teaching his boy the fundamentals. Now, you may be thinking eating from a spoon, crawling, sharing and things like that. Remember, this boy has a Marine for a dad, so the fundamentals are a little different in this family.

A Marine takes a moment to determine the stranger danger. Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.  

Morning PT with Daddy. We keep going until he’s tired. Pain is weakness leaving the body.

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Never stand when you can sit, never sit when you can lie down, never stay awake when you can sleep.

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This is my binky. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My binky is my best friend. I must master it as I master my life. My binky, without me is useless. Without my binky, I am useless.

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A Marine does not retreat. He attacks from a different direction.

Never tell the Staff Sergeant you have nothing to do. He’ll put you down for a nap.

Being in the Marine Corps Band will not get you out of combat training.
Even the tuba player is a rifleman first.

A Marine assesses the situation from every possible angle and if in doubt, empties the magazine.

If your attack is going really well, it’s an ambush.

Unless you are actively in combat, a Marine must take a bath every night.
(That’s more of a Mommy rule, than a Marine Corps rule, but she is the highest ranking officer in this unit)

I would wish for Sunshine to have a girl next, but it wouldn’t matter. A female Marine is still a Marine and follows all the same rules and credo. Sorry Sunshine, just stand your ground and remember that you outrank everyone.

I enjoyed my time with the Marine, Sunshine and Lil Prince, although it was way too short.
I learned something, too, while I was there:

When it comes to Nana, this Marine is not so tough. In fact, he’s kinda squishy and cuddly!


  1. Aww - he is so CUTE! So lucky you have been able to spend so much time with them this year - you were born to be a Nana.

  2. Love, love, love! He is adorable!

  3. Great post - I love the captions!!!

  4. You hit the jackpot with cute grandbabies! This whole post would make an awesome scrapbook page


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