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Graduation and Food

Posted By: Shannon Boland 02-05-11


Happy to be Graduated

What a time. I thought the days would never come. Then I thought the hours leading up to family day and graduation would never end. My mother-in-all and I drove 22 hours to San Diego for his graduation and stayed at my best friend’s place. We arrived to her house on Wednesday and family day was Thursday. We all went to bed at a decent hour because we were planning to leave the house at 8:30am, meaning I was going to get up at 7:00am. However I couldn’t fall asleep until around 1:00am and I woke up at 5:30am-not even tired. I really felt like a child on Christmas morning. I was busy getting all gussied up, making breakfast, and I couldn’t stop talking. And I was so anxious to leave the house. Nobody was moving fast enough for me. Then all the actives leading up to their liberty dismissal were driving me crazy. Don’t get me wrong, it as all interesting, but I was there to reclaim my husband from them. Throughout the morning we would get glimpses of him, but they were never long enough. Just enough to make me impatient, but still ridiculously happy because I was in the same place as him. And then it came: they were given liberty. I ran off those bleachers and into his arm so fast. And yes, they and we were brief about PDA rules. But everyone was giving their Marine hugs at the point so it didn't really matter. Then we spent liberty walking around, talking and him eating. He was always hungry. And he wanted lots and lots of chocolate candy bars, ice cream, cookies, and all the junk food they were denied for the months in boot-camp. I have never seen my husband eat some much food before. Due to the pure amount of exercise they do while at boot their metabolism is high. One girlfriend I meet there was smart, and brought a cheesecake for her man. It was a sweet gesture, and I am sad I didn’t think to bring one of Ron’s favorite food to family day. But after graduation when I went to the store with my friend, while he was relaxing with his mom, I hooked him up. So now I say to anyone wondering what to get their new Marine for a graduation present-one of their favorite foods will go over great. Family day and graduation are very special, my memories of it I will hold dear for the rest of my life.

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Carolina Bermudez Avatar


Oh boy, I already can't stop crying just reading all the stories here. I can't wait to see my boyfriend, only 6 more weeks!!

Posted by: Carolina Bermudez on 06/09/2011




Shannon Boland Avatar


Marlyn: Honestly I do not remember. But there wasn't anything real important in there. I remember getting a package with a few pamphlets in. In them were the time line of events, hotel information, recreation sites, and other stuff like that. Most of the information that were in them I could find on the MCRD website ( And because my mother-in-law and I went with a Navy friend we took his car to get on the base. So I think you need to go in a certain gate for the graduation or have a special car decal. I am sure if your Marine is at Pairs Island they have similar stuff on a website devoted to there. If something doesn't come soon, I would contact the recruiter.

Posted by: Shannon Boland on 02/13/2011




Julie Jones Avatar


I really enjoyed your story. Thank you for sharing.

Posted by: Julie Jones on 02/09/2011




Marlyn  Ramirez Avatar


Great! My son graduates March 11. I still have not received an invitation packet. I received a packet from MC Community Services with ads and a congratulatory letter. That's all. I still have not heard from my son and he only has three weeks to go after this week. When did you get the graduation packet from your husband? I mean, how long before his graduation?

Posted by: Marlyn Ramirez on 02/08/2011