Today my son earned the title of U. S. Marine. This is not a diary entry, but an emotional day and this is what I wrote on Geramie’s wall.
My dearest son, Geramie Ervin, I have waited for this day to come for 80 days. I cannot even begin to express the pride I feel for you at this moment. I cannot imagine all that you have endured since May 12th, but you persevered and today earned the title of belonging to that elite group, the U. S. Marines! Ooh Rah!
You have shown many that when you want something bad enough, are will to work for, sacrifice, and struggle, it is obtainable. Your grandpa would be so proud of you. I’m sure he’s looking down at his “Big Grandson” and beaming with love and pride at what you have accomplished and become, just as the rest of the family and your friends are.
The 54 hours of the Crucible seemed to last forever, but your brother, Jordan Ervin was there for me always. I am so proud of you both right now. My heart is overflowing with joy and happiness as in my poem “Crown Jewels”:
“I know without a doubt,
that no sacrifice,
no amount of money,
was ever too great.
My babies are now men,
but will always be the two jewels in my crown,
forever giving me wealth unimaganable,
because they are priceless.”