Military Families Are OUR Family in Redding, CA

June 11, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

I always wanted to be an astronaut.  If I had the chance today, I would absolutely strap myself to a rocket and head to the stars.  Something about the darkness and the stars and the distance and the thoughts about what all is out there and where, exactly, does the universe stop?

But I digress.

So, I wanted to be an astronaut.  I started getting serious about it in High School.  I looked into the Air Force Academy.  But my grades weren't good enough.  So, I decided to enlist in the Air Force.  Because I figured that was as close as I could get - figured at least I could fly.  But this was a few years ago... and I was a woman.  Strike 1.  And I wore glasses.  Strike 2.  And I was 5'3".  Strike 3.  But I figured, ok, I'll still join because I just had to be near the sky and the stars.  So, I went to my recruiter's office the day I turned 17 and signed the papers.  My mom stood there behind me every step of the way.  A little scary, I gotta say.  Best thing I ever did.  If you didn't already know, what you do next is go to a processing station.  There, they verify all your paperwork, give you all sorts of tests, and completely overwhelm you.  I had signed up to be an Air Traffic Controller.  Closest thing I could get to that dang sky!  But then they gave me another test and come to find out, I scored the highest anyone at the station ever had.  So, I became a Linguist.  I went to the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA and learned to speak Polish.

What's the point, you might ask?

The military is near and dear to my heart.  I met my first husband in the military and my son was born in Berlin, Germany.  My husband, Lou, is retired from Military Intelligence in the Army.  Our son has been stationed in Missouri, Texas, and Japan.  I have so many friends around the world, that when we got married 7 years ago, we had people fly in from Canada, India, Scotland, Saudi Arabia, Maryland, Oregon and all sorts of cities around the globe.  It has been the most amazing experience and I encourage anyone and everyone I know to serve your country in some way.  You won't be sorry.

We'll be running a promotion at the studio for July and getting some great PATRIOTIC PORTRAITS.  Just wanted to share some photos I took of Mr. B in his gear.  He had just come back from a mission and wanted photos in all his paraphernalia.  These were pretty cool, I think....  Enjoy, and God Bless America!

HUGS & HIGH FIVES ~

M



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