Sunday, September 09, 2007

September 9

September 9 is always a special day for me. I talked about it here last year too. It was a point in my life that changed the rest of it.

To back up, in May 1992, I was out of high school and had just spent the last year in community college and working full-time at Burger King. I wanted to move out on my own but couldn't afford it, wanted to get out of my life so to speak. I felt like I was at a cross roads. I didn't feel like I could go forward, I definitely couldn't go back. I needed to do something big, life changing and then the recruiter called. I think they have ESP or something.

So I signed on up and my date was picked..... I don't remember my original date because that summer my dad's only sister had a liver transplant and I asked to push my date back so that I could be with my family a little bit longer.

Fine. September 9, 1992 it was.

It was a life changing decision. It was a life changing experience.

And, if you know me, making decisions is not easy for me and especially not something this huge!

I'm glad I did it. Sometimes wish I wouldn't have gotten out. It was a good decision at the time for me and my kids. My life wouldn't be what it is now, had I stayed in. Rather than play the "What if" game, I just enjoy what I have.


Margaret said...

June 1st, 1993 was my date. :)

You were in the navy, right? Me too. Actually, I was in the reserves. Did all my time there.

If you weren't in the navy, then I am sorely confused. But I am tired and weaning off of caffeine. Forgive me?

TxGambit said...

Yep Navy! Coool.

Margaret said...

BM2 here!!!!

TxGambit said...


How cool!!!!

Jenny said...

No "what if's" about it. I'm glad you're here.

Esmerelda said...

One of my favorite poems:

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

TxGambit said...

Thanks Jenny! I'm glad too.

Es, that is so great. I love it.

Charlene said...

Hey EJ! Remember me from the NoBsMomsAtHome yahoo board (the one with six kids). I think that board was shut down, because everyone just got busy with life, didn't it? I lost the link long ago (computer crashed) and don't get to talk to anyone except for a few that went back to BBC. Anyway I just figured out how to blog again (found my link, etc.) and saw your name and I wanted to say Hello!!

guygm said...

Life decisions are so tough tough tough. But I am so glad you are someone who can make them.

Hey TxGambit. I am actually finished with my blog. But I wanted to stop by and THANK YOU for your words of encouragement and advice. It really meant a lot to me. Dating can be a lonely disheartening experience sometimes but you gave me strength.

I wish you GOOD LUCK in the future! I will stop by from time to time but I just wanted to say goodbye for now. GOOD LUCK!