My son finished his basic training today. He asked me not to come to the ceremony, as he felt that it was that important to warrant me losing out a half-day or more of work. But he did mention that he had heard a whisper that he was being considered as "best trainee" from his group of forty. So I urged his older brother to put in an appearance, so that he would have who to "show off to" if he did win the award. So I guess that he was a bit disappointed when his name was not called as the"Mitztaen" (best) in his group of forty. That is, of course, until he was given the award for the best in his entire plugah (army group) of 120 trainees. His older brother was even generous enough to come back by bus, and leave David his motorcycle to come home with tomorrow. I am pleased that David has someone to tell him (besides me): "You're great!"
Too bad my Dad is not alive to see this, not my father in-law. I think that they both would have been proud to see David today.