Sunday, April 29, 2007

When Change Is Good

Oh my,
Got to spend time with my nephew this weekend. He's home from graduating boot camp and my goodness, what a change! He's been spending time with the family which is something that he didn't ever want to do before. When he went down there, he was a big football playing offensive lineman with a terrible attitude. Well, as he says himself "they broke me". He literally and figuratively , got his butt kicked. He mentioned some of the horror stories that went on, during his time there. Very sobering. But when he came home, he was 45 pounds lighter and just a completely different person. He stopped going to church and believing in God before he went in. After enduring some of the stuff that he did, he went to church this weekend for the first time since my dad passed away back in '05... I couldn't believe this kid. He was talking very self assuredly and with a confidence I had not seen in years. He talked about his future with optimism and a strong conviction. I was beaming with pride that I had my 'real' nephew back. My other nephews (his cousins) were going crazy just hugging him and being so proud of him. I'll put a pic or two up when I get them from my sister. But that was my weekend. I hope my week is a good one. Yours too...

3 comments:

Jackson said...

That is awesome mik! Does he look anything like you?

Mik said...

He's bi-racial but yeah, he does look like me if you saw him in person... Only he's younger and much better looking. But he is such a great guy to be around now. Oh and Sundae, if you're reading this, welcome officially to my blog. It's an honor to have you here as a part of my wacky little world... :)

Sundae said...

I had a friend whose son went to the Air Force Academy. He came back a changed man after one year of their boot camp. After he graduated, he went to flight school and became a carrier pilot. He has retired and flies commercial planes now. He served in two wars. What a life he has had from all those experiences.
By the way, I love to read your blogs..I think you have a gift in expressing yourself with words.