Christmas break always goes by too fast (though, to be honest, Mid Sib had a much shorter break than the Mid). Still, we managed to make some memories. And now we prepare for The Dark Ages ...
Every since Induction Day, most posts from fellow Academy parents about their Mids returning to The Yard have carried a variation of, "it never gets easier to say goodbye." Honestly, I haven't found that to be the case, but it's clear to me that's about to change. The Summer Block home is good for a … Continue reading A reprieve from the toughest goodbye since Plebe Year
I never met or interacted with Midshipman 1/C Matthew Christopher Sears. I may have interacted with his parents on one of the many USNA-related Facebook pages, but nothing I can recall. And certainly, I am not the only USNA parent in that position. But I'm also among the many who believe in the #YourMidIsMyMid mantra … Continue reading A somber, #YourMidIsMyMid holiday moment
It's been a rough week for those of us associated with the Naval Academy. While it's always inspiring and exciting to see the Army-Navy game (despite bitter cold and interminable security lines), it was gut-wrenching to listen to Army sing second. With the sting of that defeat still quite real, along comes news of an … Continue reading The Academy is great, but not perfect
There are no two ways about it, 2018 has not been a good year for the Smiths. Scratch that, 2018 has sucked out loud and I am genuinely looking forward to kicking it to the curb (though, frankly, the way our luck has been going, there's no guarantee that 2019 will be any better). That … Continue reading Being thankful while trying not to be selfish
I try not to brag about my son, I really do. But every so often, I can't help myself and this is one of those times. He was cut from the sprint football team Plebe Year and while disappointing, that really turned out to be something of a blessing. Plebe Summer had taken its toll … Continue reading When all that hard work pays off
There are so many great things about NOT being a Plebe that it's hard to categorize or quantify them. But one of the little, yet important, joys is the option to wear "spirit gear" in the evening. Plebes are restricted to official PT gear, but everyone else can wear "spirit gear" - essentially anything emblazoned … Continue reading The Youngsters reveling in Spirit Gear (among other things)