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Link to post about our daughter's graduation from boot camp.

Posted on 2009.04.15 at 14:35
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This post just provides a link to another LJ, one in which I post entries meant to be seen by family and friends who have nothing to do with my fan life. There is not a mention of Mechtild in it. I like to keep my two worlds separate.

A comparison of the number of entries in the two gives a reality check on my interests. My fandom journal, "Mechtild's", was started in 2005 and has 400 entries. My "real life" LJ was started in 2007 and has 10 entries (most of which are copied from this one, lol).

It's true that I've posted entries about our cats in this journal, although they've nothing to do with Tolkien or Frodo. But I figured enough people cared about pets to find such posts worth reading. I've posted a couple about our trips to HI and MT a few years back, because of the scenic photos, which many people enjoy seeing. I've featured our garden and seasonal pictures of this area, also because there are a number of people who like such things. But, as a rule, I don't post about my family and my personal life. But there's no reason I can't provide a link.

Since there are a few of you who read this journal I've talked to more personally--on LJ or in emails--I'm including a link to an entry I posted today about our trip to see our daughter graduate from the US Coast Guard's boot camp. I haven't f-locked the post because the people it's meant to be read by are unfamiliar with LJ. They are not registered users and thus cannot friend the journal.


Our fall months were consumed by our daughter's preparation to go through the enlistment process. She was constantly practicing for the battery of tests, written and physical, and we were taking her back and forth to the Cities for testing and interviews. In the middle of February, off she went to begin her eight weeks at boot camp. During that time she was practically incommunicado: no telephoning, no emailing, no nothing except snail mail letters--which they were only allowed to read and answer on Sunday mornings. As you may imagine, we were thrilled not only to see her graduate, but to see her, period.

Just because it makes me smile, here's a photo taken nearly twenty years ago of our daughter being cantankerous in my husband's arms.

She still hates posing for pictures, although she has learned to be more cooperative. ;)


~ Mechtild


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shirebound at 2009-04-15 20:23 (UTC) (Link)
What a thrilling and moving experience for all three of you! Your daughter is beautiful. You must be just bursting with pride in her.

*uses most military-est icon*
mechtild at 2009-04-15 20:26 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, we're bursting. We would never have thought it! She was really motivated, which was a thrill to see. Maybe some will rub off on me? :)

Your icon: it's the hand to the breast. He looks so committed.
The One Mari
marigold6 at 2009-04-15 20:37 (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations, dear, to your lovely daughter, and to you and your hubbie for raising such a wonderfully conscientious young woman - she looks so proud [as do you]. Hurrah!

Edited at 2009-04-15 08:39 pm (UTC)
mechtild at 2009-04-15 21:03 (UTC) (Link)
We're pretty proud, yes. She's had a series of things she's wanted to do: live in Hawaii, go to Australia, learn to surf, but these were all fun things. The Coast Guard is the first thing she's wanted to do that's really demanding. Part of her reason for choosing it is that she can be close to the sea, be around boats, and have a chance to travel to places she wants to visit. But she really does seem excited about the mission, too (monitoring the use of the ocean's resources, meeting environmental emergencies on the coasts, search and rescue, etc.).
primula_baggins at 2009-04-15 20:45 (UTC) (Link)
That's very nice, Mechtild. I know I could never have made it through military boot camp, but I admire anyone who can. What will she be doing onboard ship, do you know?
mechtild at 2009-04-15 21:16 (UTC) (Link)
She's going to be a dogsbody. Like others who choose this sort of assignment (yes, she chose it), she'll be assigned to do all kinds of beginner jobs in rotation, on the boat or in port, kitchen work or cleaning toilets or painting or swabbing the deck. To get a better idea of what she might want, she's chosen to go on a big ship to see first-hand what all the jobs do. Large ships have the most kinds of jobs represented on them. After a few months, she'll be expected to choose a specialty and be sent to a special school to learn it. Then she'll go back to a ship or small boat station to work in that specialty, under supervision.

At this point, she's most interested in learning to be a bosun's mate (or, properly, boatswain), the job that has to know about all aspects of the running and sailing of a ship. That specialty, and only that one can be learned on the job, as an apprentice. But she won't know if she wants to do that until she's seen that specialty in action.

Edited at 2009-04-15 09:20 pm (UTC)
Lavender Took
lavendertook at 2009-04-15 20:50 (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations to you, Glenn, and your lovely Rachel! What a great career she's lined up with her hard work--good for her!

I'm so glad you got such a perfect day for the ocean! You two look so happy on the beach. And a room with an ocean view. You planned everything just right and it all lined up for you. Yay!
mechtild at 2009-04-15 21:18 (UTC) (Link)
We were really lucky with the weather. It hadn't been nice before, and the day of graduation was all grey and a bit nippy. We were ecstatic that it was so pretty the day we arrived, the only day that we'd have time to see the town or the beach.

As for Rachel, we hope very hard that her choice is exciting and fulfilling for her. I think it will be.
bagma at 2009-04-15 21:29 (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations! I admire your daughter's determination and commitment; she looks wonderful, so serious and enthusiastic at the same time! And of course I also admire you and your husband, for raising her so well.:)
mechtild at 2009-04-15 21:49 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the kind commenting, Bagma.

I also admire you and your husband, for raising her so well.:)

I don't know how much we had to do with it, really. :) You're a parent; you know how much the way our kids turn out seems to be the result of fortune.

Over the years we couldn't help comparing ourselves to other parents, parents who seemed to be doing a much better job raising their children. Were we too permissive and lax? Were we micro-managing? Were we not proactive enough?

I think we kind of just lucked out. We have friends whose children have been stunning academic successes or gifted artists, and friends with children stricken with debilitating diseases or with depression or inexplicably hostile behaviours, even friends whose children have died. Yet all the parents were "good parents".

Why should we have had a child with almost no illnesses and some other parents have a child who misses years of school because of her medical condition? There is no rational reason, in the sense of an explanation. One can only think of it as chance or fate or grace or curse, depending on your point of view.
lame_pegasus at 2009-04-15 21:38 (UTC) (Link)
I love that picture of Daddy and your little one - and thank you so very much for the link! Your daughter is a beautiful, young woman now, and I'm ever so grateful that I finally know how you look!
mechtild at 2009-04-15 21:51 (UTC) (Link)
I love those old pictures of our daughter with her dad, too. I hope you are taking plenty, Mona! It won't be long before you are looking at them saying, "Ohhhh, wasn't she/he darling? And I looked so young!"

Thanks for stopping!
julchen11 at 2009-04-15 21:59 (UTC) (Link)
What an exciting and moving experience for all of you! Congrats to you all, dear! Your daughter is so beautiful, you must be bursting with pride.
Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures with us.
The little hotel room looks so comfy and you and Glen look soooo happy! Glen's letter is very very touching.
I'm glad you had such a fantastic time, sweetie!

Love and hugs,

mechtild at 2009-04-15 22:25 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the sweet comments, Julchen. Yes, we are proud, and so happy that she seems so excited about what she is doing, and about to do.

It was a *lovely* little room, with an amusing decor. The lovely bedding, the pale blue walls with cream-coloured woodword -- with leopard skin print carpeting! -- a great view, and a very nice shower. The sink was so tiny the water went everywhere, even brushing our teeth, the way to the ice machine was a puzzle, but, otherwise, we loved it.
maeglian at 2009-04-15 22:09 (UTC) (Link)
Wow, I am honoured that you included me among those who could read this post. Thank you for letting me share this very special day with you. (And it's the first time I've actually seen an image of you, so that was an additional bonus!)

What a wonderful event for all 3 of you. Rachel looks impressive in her Coast Guard outfit, and very happy in the pictures from the event. And she looks imposing in her official image! It's not difficult to see why her parents would be simply brimming with pride. Best wishes for her future!
mechtild at 2009-04-15 22:49 (UTC) (Link)
Well, Maeglian, I don't really like pictures of me, except old ones (which I didn't like when they were taken, lol), but mainly I've always thought of my LJ as a fandom thing, and not a personal journal.

Thanks for the good wishes, really. We will need them. These are very uncertain times, and who knows what will happen? I just hope Rachel is in a place to be able to help and feel as though she's making a difference, yet being taken care of herself (the military services and the Coast Guard still qualify for pretty good medical and dental coverage, which is a huge relief to us as parents).

And, yes, we are *proud*.
telstar_gold at 2009-04-15 22:26 (UTC) (Link)
I'm filled with admiration for your daughter, and for you and your husband as her parents. Thanks for sharing this special occasion!
mechtild at 2009-04-16 00:49 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for your supportive comment, Telstar!
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mechtild at 2009-04-16 00:51 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Mews. We hope very much that she will find her career choice a satisfying one. For our part, we are very impressed she's decided to do this, and carried it through. :)
golden_berry at 2009-04-16 02:18 (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations to you and your daughter, Mechtild. It's wonderful that she chose the Coast Guard, as her father did before her. In the photo of you and Rachel, the family resemblance in the nose and mouth is unmistakeable! She's a lovely young woman.
mechtild at 2009-04-16 13:39 (UTC) (Link)
You think there's a resemblance? I take that as a huge compliment, since she's so good looking. No one usually sees any resemblance, me being dark and her being fair. We hope she will love being in the Coast Guard, now that she's chosen it. We were pretty surprised, though!
juliebeth at 2009-04-16 05:39 (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations to her, and you, for raising a lovely and determined daughter. The Coast Guard, wow!
mechtild at 2009-04-16 13:40 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, if you're lost at sea sometime, maybe she'll be on your search and rescue team? :)
Estelanui - Francesca
estelanui at 2009-04-16 09:44 (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations, congratulations! To the lovely new Coast Guard and to the happy parents.

I'm happy to see this young woman start her 'adult' life involving its never-ending chances, possibilities and decisions. I wish her to 'play' everyday with joyfulness.

She is beautiful... and you and your hubby too!
mechtild at 2009-04-16 13:47 (UTC) (Link)
It can be dangerous work--whether cleaning buoys (huge heavy metal things that get heaved out and onto decks), doing environmental clean-up, the more famous search and rescue missions, or boarding vessels to search for contraband or interdict those suspected of breaking fishery laws, etc. The cat breeder asked, wasn't I going to be worried all the time? No, I think is cool, actually. These days you can get murdered working in a fast food place or a university office. I think she'd actually be safer, the crews are so responsible for looking after themselves and each other, and they seem so much saner than the folk that are out in the rest of the world.

I think I get a vicarious pleasure out of it, too. She's doing a "man's job", something I never had the nerve for or felt qualified to do. But it's a different world, happily, and she never felt deterred because there are few women in the service. She said at boot camp there was never ever razzing from the men, no belittling comments or treatment to the females. Her company had 49, 8 of which were women. She said they were treated more like the guy's sisters - competent sisters, but sisters for whom they looked out. I think that's so great I could weep. There's role modeling I never had, too. The base commander at boot camp is a woman; and whatever she's like with the recruits, she gave a great talk and was excellent with the visiting families and invited guests.
melyanna_65 at 2009-04-16 10:31 (UTC) (Link)
Awww, congratulations to you all!

I'm glad you directed us to this link, I love to hear from LJ friends' RL and see pics.

You surely are the proud parents, it must be so great to see your daughter graduate.

You have a wonderful family dear (including the kitties, of course), Rachel is lovely (she looks a lot like your hubby, in my opinion) and you all have the most charming smile.

Thanks a lot for sharing!

*massive hugs*
mechtild at 2009-04-16 15:37 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Melyanna. Yes, I think she looks more like my husband's side of the family (Swedes and Finns; my side is English and Armenian). We are very proud, and very happy for her. We can't wait to hear her tales of being out at sea, what she does, what it's like on the crew, where they visit on their missions.
maewyn_2 at 2009-04-16 13:26 (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations! It must have been a very proud moment for all of you when Rachel graduated! She has grown up into a beautiful young woman.

What an exciting career she has chosen, too. I wish her all the very best for the future.

Lovely photos of you and Glen too! :)
mechtild at 2009-04-16 15:39 (UTC) (Link)
Well, *she* hopes it's going to be exciting, Maewyn. That's why she chose it: an action-oriented service with a cool mission, on or near the ocean, with lots of travel and opportunities for outdoor recreation in places with warm climates. :) Thanks for stopping by!
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