Holy cow, these are some old pictures from a lifetime ago! These were taken during my Air Force days back when I was in my 20s . My girls got a good case of the giggles when they saw these, especially the one of mom with an M-16. They have a hard time imagining me having any kind of a life other than what they’re familiar with. This ignorance might be a blessing. After all, there are some things you just don’t want or need to know about your parents.
Notice the maiden name? While I was in training down in Biloxi, MS my then boyfriend sent me an engagement ring with post-it notes stuck on the top as a proposal. He then called later and asked if I’d received the ring. He also inquired if I wanted to keep my maiden name or hyphenate it with his last name if my answer was yes. Obviously I accepted the proposal, but the answer was an emphatic “NO!” on both modern/feminist name choices. I opted for tradition and ditched what had been a childhood albatross for something English and pronounceable. As I age though I kind of miss the unique surname.