Starting Off On The Right Foot
…During my 13 weeks in bootcamp, I learned such rudimentary life skills as how to fold my underwear, how to guard a clothesline and (for our purposes, here) how to start walking in the correct manner.
Not that I didn’t learn anything else – I did. For one thing, I had a lot of instruction in Language skills, which I never really put to the intended use, but if I ever need them I have them right here in the back of my mind.
For these, and other lessons, I wish to thank my company commander, William F. Pospissil, BM1, USN.
You can imagine my mother’s surprise when, upon my return from San Diego, I not only explained that she had been folding my underwear errantly for the entire previous 19 years of my life, but provided her an educational and exacting demonstration of the proper way of doing so.
Unfortunately, we had no clothesline (or rifle) with which to provide proper instruction, so I was forced to forego that favor.
Additionally, I figured she had already been walking incorrectly for 40 years and it was probably too late to help her with that, so I let that one go, too.
And I sure as hell didn’t try to help her with her language skills…
So why am I telling you all this? So that I can pick up where I left off on the right foot.
With all the confidence I gained in boot camp (in my ability to begin a journey correctly), I lifted my leg, extended it forward about 2 feet, pushed off with my opposing foot and, in true military fashion, started the hike that would change my life forever…
Left foot first…