I got pretty flippin’ amazing news last Friday…Alex passed mountain phase!! Right now he’s in the FINAL phase of Ranger School, swamp phase. It was a surreal moment when I heard his voice for the first time in weeks. The phone call was brief and I was so flustered that I spent most of it half crying and half blabbering.
Now, onto the part where I show you how awesome I am…
The first box was the care package I created for Alex for his mountain pass. The other box is my new masterpiece that I crafted for the ride back to GA at the end of swamp phase (given that he passes, which he will because he’s a superhero…).
If all else fails, I guess I could start a sweet Etsy page. Which one do ya’ll like better??
On Friday morning, May 13th (ooooh, superstitious), I anxiously drove onto Fort Benning to Camp Rogers. I was supposed to receive a phone call from Alex the night before or morning of notifying me if he passed or recycled the first phase of Ranger School and I had not gotten any word. There was also no list of roster numbers posted that recycled or were a go. I paced the parking lot from 0730 until 0930 along with dozens of other spouses, family members, and children. I was trying to keep my hopes in check – expecting the worst, but hoping for the best. If he did not pass the phase, then he would not be walking out of the gate that day and I would be crushed. The Lt Colonel came out and briefed the crowd of loved ones on what the Ranger students had endured over the past few weeks and gave advice on what to let them eat/not eat over pass. At 0945, a list of roster numbers was posted online…Alex’s company, B Company, had by far the shortest list of “gos”. I was shocked and elated when I saw Alex’s number, C218, on the Go list! All I could keep saying was “HOLY SHIT, HOLY SHIT, HOLY SHIT”. Continue reading “Behind every strong man is a strong(er) woman.”
Obviously, I miss my fiance who, as you all know, is currently at Ranger School…dun dun duuunnn. Instead of wallowing in self pity and sobbing every day, I’ve decided to make myself (and Alex, eventually) laugh instead. One morning last week, a brilliant idea came to me out of nowhere…ORDER A CUT OUT OF ALEX’S HEAD AND TAKE HIM ON ADVENTURES!! Below are the escapades we’ve been on recently. I think I’m hilarious.
On April 24th, I dropped my fiance, a 2LT in the Infantry, off at Ranger School. For those of you who are familiar with what Ranger School is, you know what an awesome feat it is to complete. For those of you who are not familiar with what it is, the easiest way I can describe it is an extremely rigorous school comprised of physical and mental exhaustion (very little food and sleep) combined with tactical training. I highly recommend watching Surviving the Cut: Ranger School, a documentary created by Discovery Channel for an accurate depiction.
Below is my account of the first few days of Ranger School on my end. Let’s call it Chapter 1: RAP Week…