Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Jumping Out Of A Perfectly Good Airplane

No, I've never jumped out of an airplane. And I never plan to. And if I do jump out of an airplane, it'll be because I have to. Because I don't want to.

But there are others that don't mind jumping out of perfectly good airplanes.

Army Rangers, for instance.

The Little Princess is dating a soldier. A lieutenant, actually. A second lieutenant, specifically.

He's a good kid. Okay, young man. Because he's not just a kid. Sure, he's young, but most lieutenants are.

But The Lieutenant -- we went to his Infantry Basic Officer Leaders Course graduation back in November -- finished Ranger school recently. Then to Airborne training.

This afternoon, I went to watch him jump out of an airplane. He's the fifth one in the picture. If you look close, you can see him smiling and waving for the camera.

Okay, maybe you can't see him smiling and waving. But he was smiling when he ran to the bleachers at the edge of the drop zone. He was the first one back.

He's a good kid. Check that. He's a fine young man.

His parents and his brother are certainly proud of him. And so are we.


  1. I'm with you Basil, jumping out of an airplane would be done only in an emergency situation. That ranger sounds like a wonderful young man.

  2. Good to see the picture since we couldn't be there! Would have loved to experience it! The Ranger says he would do it again given the chance, but he doesn't think he will have another opportunity. Thank you for being there for all of his "graduations"!


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