Today my wife, Susie and I went to Indy to MEPS (an intake for all military branches) to see our youngest son being sworn into the United States Marine Corps. We have 6 children and for the first time they are all out on their own. John Mark is 18 and is right now on his way to San Diego to MCRD (Marine Corps Recruit Depot) for 13 weeks of very tough boot camp. If all goes well and he is not injured, he will graduate in early October. He will be in the infantry.
Our oldest son, Michael is in the Indiana National Guard full time based here in Indiana at Camp Atterbury. He will be deployed overseas in the spring.
Our middle son, Daniel is a Marine combat videographer/photographer now serving in Fallujah, Iraq. He is quite good - go here: http://charlesmoman.smugmug.com/
and click on Daniel and you will some of his excellent work, plus photos taken of him in Iraq.
So, it is very different around here - nice, but different. Susie leaves on Friday for a 2 week camping trip with out Boy Scout troop to Colorado. So I will have no excuses for not getting work done on my new musical, plus trying to finish up my Lilly Endowment fellowship project. I have almost half of the song lyrics finished for the 2 act musical - so things are moving along - thankfully. When school starts on August 12, it is hard to get as much done composing wise.
Very off topic, but I thought some might like to read about this. I know some of you already have experienced the empty nest as well.
Well, not any of you young whipper snappers!