It doesn’t happen as often as we’d like but occasionally I get to catch up with one of my very best friends, Sam. She and I were inseparable for several years, especially during the formidable early-Navy days. In fact, it was a running joke how if you saw one you would see the other; even around people we’d never met before, our easy banter and knowledge of the other’s life led them to believe we’d been friends since childhood. The military has a way of helping you get to know someone really quickly. Because if you’re going to trust your life with someone, you best know a few things first. Anyway, Sam and I were thick as thieves. No word yet on any actual thievery but admittedly we did a lot of shady stuff. Don’t ask about the 4am inspection. We learned together how to navigate some really tough situations and live to tell about it. Sam was always my go-to for great advice. Even now, our conversations pick back up right where we left them. Those are the friendships I value the most. Can’t forget the Joker. We have countless inside jokes, memories of late nights and even later coffee dates, too many tears, and laughter that can be heard miles away. No matter our distance, a best friend like her is hard to come by. She hails from the great state of Illinois now; however…
Further good news is Sam may be visiting Texas in the upcoming months for some military required training and you know what that means! Batman and Robin Reunited!
Reminiscing about the Navy is like taking a manic car ride down a crowded street in Mexico. Let me improve your image. A clown car overfilled with good idea fairies on a dirt road between overgrown buildings surrounded by pedal carts. A hell bus, if you will. Different story for a different day. Being in the military is like living another life, like having a separate personality, like being one person in a skewed reality. At times, it’s lonely while simultaneously so loud you can’t hear yourself think. There’s no outlet. A constant circus meets board room. So if debilitating anxiety is for you, I’ve found the place!
Unrelated but on an equally uplifting note – Jamaica has a bobsled team for the 1st time in over 20 years!! Check out the full story here.
Everyone knows one of my all-time favorite movies is “Cool Runnings”; which, by the way, is more than 30 years old. Geez, I’m old. You can guarantee I’ll be tuning in to watch Jamaica hurl themselves and their light-as-a-feather bobsled down a sharp concrete chute in February. “It’s bobsled time!!”
I ask you –
What’s your oldest friendship?
Will you be watching the winter Olympics?
Tell me a nickname your friends called you! Clearly, I’m Batman.
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no way! Jamaica? I haven’t read the article but that is inspiring. I guess have to watch cool running again
I am thinking mine would have to be everyone we went to kindergarten with..lol
Shauna, was that a lot of children or just a few?
One and only!
I’m am old salt, retired Navy! I have many long lasting Navy friendships too many to list, but, I’ll name a few…Sue Morrison and Ruth Randolph, Camp LeJeune Naval Hospital, Glenda Carter, 3d FSSG, Okinawa. Bernie Poindexter and George Schoeler, multiple commands. And the best for last: Steve Krauz, my husband for 39 years and shipmate from 1982 hospital corpsman school to Medical Service Corps commissions to present day Navy retirements! Yes we are watching the Olympics! Love your posts!
Thank you for your comment! It’s wonderful to meet and hear from others who understand the Navy life. How amazing you met and married someone you served with – I bet he’s a charmer!
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True. The military forms some inseparable bonds.
I knew you would understand!
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