Peace meets with an army man tonight. a dad from Scouts. They are discussing the military as Peace wants to join the Air Force. Peace's taken the entrance exam and will be meeting with recruiters for the third time next week. I'm not sure how much I've done wrong or right to have a son headed this direction. He's more whole world minded than most people I know, and I'm not sure how that matches up with U.S. military folk.
The pacifist side of me knows I tried to raise a non-violent citizen of the world. Turns out, he is such a person. He loves diverse cultural experiences. He values and respects differences. He hopes to get a position taking photos not shots in the airforce. Is this possible?
Part of me that knows I could only have a chance at being a pacifist, because there are men and women who lay down their own lives for my freedom every. single. day. So, I'm proud my son would be that kind of individual.
A few years ago when Peace mentioned his interest in the military, I made him watch any war movie I could get my hands on...Saving Private Ryan, Full Metal Jacket, Hot Locker. He stopped talking about it for a while. College visits and discussions took over. As a senior this last year, he did a paper on drone airplanes in robotics class and revisited the service option. He's moving forward slowly, so as not to choose a position without full understanding. He wants a job that he will love, and the army man is helping him select at this moment.
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