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Letters to Nowhere

Monday, September 05, 2005

Haven't earned that privilege

I received a hasty Instant Message from my brother yesterday. He's currently attending college at Norwich University as a member of the Corps of Cadets.

He is currently in the "rook training" portion of his first year.

An aside: I love this quote from the "rook training" site.. "Rook Orientation culminates with the annual "Dog River Run," a one-mile run down the Dog River *snip* Cold, wet and tired, you will begin to understand the pride and passion that is felt by all Norwich Cadets, past and present."

Brother: Hey, I'm not supposed to be on here, but I wanted to give you my mailing address. Norwich University, blah blah blah Northfield VT

Me: Great I'll let mom and Chris know. Do you have a phone number yet?

Brother: I haven't earned that privilege yet lol

Me: Well let me know when you get one.. lol How's it going?

Brother: Good, Tough. I haven't had much sleep in the last 2 days

Me: Keep your nose clean and work your ass off and you'll be fine

Brother: I have been. I had a day off today. I decided to go to the gym and then the library instead of sitting on my ass all day.

Ladies and gents.. I about fell over in shock. My brother's idea of a day off is working hard at holding down the couch and making sure the chips and soda don't fly away.

Me: I'm glad you're doing alright. How'd your bday go? (he turned 18 nine days after he started school)

Brother: Well...I did ALOT of pushups. Hey I gotta go.

Me: Ok talk to you later. I love ya bro. Bye

So he seems to be doing well. I think they are keeping him to busy to be homesick.


  • *shudder*

    I never would have survived a place like that. I would have hurt someone.

    Probably me.


    By Blogger Garrison Steelle, at 4:48 PM  

  • Glad to hear your brother is doing well at school. Interesting program they have there at NU. I hope he gets more privileges soon.
    This is the first time I have visited your site. When you get a chance, I'd love you to visit mine where we offer Holiday Cards. We also have a blog dealing with all sort of Christmas issues.

    By Blogger Deb, at 5:05 PM  

  • I attended Norwich University..a few years ago...The first semester is the hardest because he's new in college new to the corp he has Physical fitness at 6:00am then has to get back do his room get into his uniform make sure his rack and room are inspection ready and then be out at formation for another inspection before going to Breakfast and then on to classes..A lot has changed since I went to Norwich, they don't have as much hazing as when I was there...but you should encourage your brother to stick with it, times will be difficult but its only a game and he's already made it this far he can make it the whole way.


    By Anonymous Darius, at 3:20 PM  

  • If he's still here, he's no longer a Rook; they're Cadets now, which I'm sure you know. Lucky them - they got phones quite early.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:37 PM  

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