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Laura Kessel is managing editor of The News-Herald in Willoughby. She writes a weekly column and shares her thoughts here.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Hoping the weather won't hamper the trip

Only three hours 'til it's time to report to Mentor recruiting station for my trip to Parris Island, S.C.

First up is overnight in Cleveland, then on to Atlanta, before a connection to Savannah, Ga., and a ride to South Carolina.

A winter storm has been pounding the south for the past day, so I'm hoping we won't see delays in the morning. A bunch of flights out of Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport have been canceled today. I've never had a flight delayed due to weather, so it would be interesting to see what it's like. That's not to say I want it, mind you.

The visit to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, will include highlights of what these young men and women encounter when they sign up to join the Marine Corps.

It will include breakfast at 5 a.m., a M-16 live fire, morning physical fitness and a look at the obstacle course. We're allowed to try out anything we'd like while we're there, and I'm planning to get a taste of some of these activities, so I can truly know what they're experiencing.

What I'm really anxious for, though, is daily lunch with the Marines in the mess hall. We're going to have a chance to sit and talk with the young men and women who have volunteered to serve the country, and hear how they are faring as they learn the military way of life.

That is, if Mother Nature cooperates. Come on, old girl -- mess with someone else's schedule!!

Laura Kessel


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