Well, Autumn’s big day is coming: her recruiter is coming tomorrow at 1100 to pick her up for transport to the Harrisburg Military Entrance Processing Station. We had thought this would occur on the 20th, but her actual processing starts early on the 20th, so the Army is transporting her up on the 19th. As it happens, I had a couple of vacation days to use, and I took off tomorrow and Tuesday, so the change won’t be a problem for me.
After processing, she’ll be on a plane to Fort Jackson, South Carolina, for nine weeks of basic training.
For her last weekend at home, she naturally got special treatment, though
Al Gore the weather interfered with some plans. She was supposed to get her meals of choice — corned beef and cabbage on Saturday and a Japanese restaurant today — but the latter fell through. The corned beef and cabbage went off without a problem, but she wanted to go snow tubing at Big Boulder today, so we went right after Mass. We had 1½” of snow overnight, but the snow had stopped, supposedly for a while, by morning.
I wish that I had a job where I didn’t have to be right any more often than the weathermen! It started snowing just as we got to Big Boulder, and snowed the whole time we were there. It wasn’t that heavy, but we got a fresh inch of snow in 2½ hours. The trip back to Jim Thorpe, down state highway 903, was a bit of an adventure. Naturally, there were a few last-minute purchases that had to be made, so we headed straight to WalMart, but no trip to Allentown for Japanese!
So, she leaves in about 14½ hours for the biggest, hardest test of her life. We’re all really proud of her.