Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Self Portrait Tuesday--JOY


West Point is steeped in rich traditions—including the uniforms. The gray revolutionary frock coats are my favorite; they weigh several pounds and are made of fine wool (but not a dart in them, they’re stretched to go around the elbows and over the chest) and ornamented with brass buttons.



It would be easier to get Abe to sleep in a nightgown than to get him to wear his frock coat without orders; hence, I have never seen him in it until this weekend. And then, I not only saw him, I saw 4,000 other West Point cadets march on the football field in perfect unison wearing their frock coats. The sight inspired even the most ardent Navy fan as the mink-coated, diamond-studded woman told Calvin, “I’m a Navy fan through and through, but no one marches like a West Point cadet.” She’s right; those cadets take pride in their precision, rhythm and stature. They don’t even smile for the President of the United States when they are in formation. I found great JOY in watching every single soldier march in their seemingly JOYless parade of the long grey coats.



What has brought you JOY in the last day or two?

14 comments:

Marie said...

I am a sucker for uniforms. I love them. And although your boy may not want to hear this since his frock coat was from the Revolutionary style, but I have to say, I love the British Red Coats. So much history in that uniform.

That last picture was awe inspiring. Precision!

Glad you're back.

Ann said...

What an amazing sight that must have been. Uniformed in a outfit and in style. Love the picture.

Chris said...

That picture is fabulous. I can't imagine watching that many uniformed soldiers marching. How fun.

Kathy said...

Seeing my mother smile and hearing her laugh!

Oh Jane, I love it that you can see such an awe inspiring sight, and to be "well pleased" that you son is a part of it!

The pride in America! Wow!

Kim Sue said...

a mighty joyful joyless sight!

lelly said...

wow - that last photo took my breath away!!

you always look so joyful when you are visiting your cadet.

Becky said...

Love the photos!

Jill said...

It must be surreal to watch your son be a part of something like this.

deidra said...

My thoughts are the same as others-- wow! That is some discipline.

Cecilia said...

That's JOY for sure!
Love the pictures!

Jeanette said...

What a great post. I love it!

Susan said...

Oh my. Did you cry? I would have been bawling all over the place. Such a wonderful sight.

Lori said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip. I love precision---do you think ABE can help out my team?

Hannah said...

I would love to see one of those coats up close- no darts eh? I love the look!

He looks so handsome, you look so joyful!