A mother’s PostSecret

I was browsing PostSecret.com when the Marine Corps emblem in this postcard caught my eye.

Marine postcard - Postsecret.com

I wish it hadn’t.

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17 Responses to “A mother’s PostSecret”

  1. Jayme says:

    I can understand a parent’s want for their child to be rich or successful or whatever the hell else parents want their kids to be nowadays (in order to reflect credit upon themselves, of course), but a failure as a mother because her child joined the Marine Corps?? This bitch needs to be choked out. There. I said it.

  2. Jayme says:

    The thing about PostSecret.com is that the cards are never sent. This card, like the others on the site, don’t actually go to the intended recipient. They are things people need to say without anyone knowing who said them. Regardless, if the mother is thinking it, her disappointment will show through. What she’s going to end up with is a pissed off Marine who does things for spite just to piss his mother off. Sound familiar?

  3. Rick says:

    If every Mother raised her son without the ability to fight for his or her country, there would be no mothers to raise sons…

    that is… son or daughter… unless some sons can fight for her country?

    Just my two cents…

  4. Rick says:

    Success isn’t defined by what you do, it is defined by how well you do what you do… so really the entire premise is just flawed. What mother would even send that card to their child? What kind of support is that?

  5. Sean says:

    That’s pretty shitty, but surely you don’t expect me to believe that you need (or want, or care about) your mother’s validation.

    You might fool the others, but I–for one–am not buying it.

    -Sean

    p.s. Looks like you moved just in time to avoid smoke inhalation. How are you liking the South?

  6. Jayme says:

    No, the whole validation thing wasn’t the issue. I never really thought about it when I saw the postcard. But as the comments developed I started thinking about my own sordid past. Remember your remark about the infinite power to corrupt your kids? Yeah. Our generation needs to remember that.

  7. Melissa Kohler says:

    A. She has no clue what it takes to succeed in the Corps and B. her feelings are HER OWN issues….

  8. Sean says:

    Ah. So the issue is not so much that you think your *own* mother might disapprove of your choices (which didn’t make sense at all), but that some helicopter mom somewhere doesn’t believe that the Corps is a worthy career option for Muffy and Trent. Gotcha.

    Not to take this thread too far afield, but surely you’re aware that the upper economic classes pussy outaren’t recruited… are underrepresented among the military demographic. Some members of Congress (the Senator from NY–Rangel?–if memory serves) have gone so far as to propose a draft, because they hope that if the people in power were faced with the prospect of sending *their own* kids to the desert (rather than mostly dark, poor people, apparently), they might rethink the whole cowboy diplomacy thing.

    (Of course, it’s not as though the draft kept rich kids from dodging Vietnam when they didn’t want to go, but I digress…)

    At any rate, don’t let it get you down. If I had to guess, the author of the secret is just another self-obsessed Baby Boomer. If I were you, I’d be more upset about them fucking our generation over on Social Security than bad parenting.

    • Jeeves says:

      the corps is not made up of (mostly, dark, poor people) eespecially not the infantry. the infantry has the highest average asvab scores int he corps. so we are not dumb. The majority of the fighting force is (dont take this the wrong way this is not racist) White christians (im jewish) who are intelligent and were brught up in fairly good settings. there are obviously exceptions.my parnets are upper middle class my mother is a lawyer my father is a vice principle i was accepted into syracuse but decided to serve my country first. and they were both proud i joined the corps they signed the papers thatlet me go in early. So dont talk about what you dont know about paease thank you.

  9. Rick says:

    I am in favor of the draft… the only issue I have with a draft is that a military made of the willing is stronger than a military made of the unlucky.

    Boot camp does a great job of weeding out those that are unsuitable for military life, but I don’t know that all branches are as steadfast in their devotion to maintaining the highest standards, even in the harshest of times, as the Marines are. Do we want a (insert branch here) full of unwilling, resentful, depressed kids wielding highly powerful, highly sophisticated weaponry?

    Battle situations seem to call for a calm demeanor that is often lacking in those in a situation not of their own choosing.

    But that is off topic… So I will stop here…

  10. Dov says:

    After a minute of wanting to choke someone out as well, it occurred to me that perhaps I owed some thanks for those who raised the men andamp; women of character andamp; talent who have cared for me my entire adult life. I felt somewhat sorry that she doesn’t know how good a job she may have actually done. S’f

  11. Jayme says:

    I’m not quite sure where you’re going with this one, sir. I understand your last line. Are you saying “the men and women who cared for me my entire adult life” are those raised by mothers like this?

  12. Sara Kohler says:

    Success is defined by the satisfaction a person gets after they climb into bed at night. Do you feel good about what you did that day? Did you put your best effort forward? We are raised by “the parent” but we build success on or own. We define who we are and how far we go in life. Anyone who is beaten by their up-bringing does not deserve to “gain” in life. To all those who are defined by their upbringing-Grow the f**k up!

  13. Klimas says:

    Good on the Jarhead who, in spite of his mother’s elitism, has chosen to do good for himself and for his country! Maybe if she wasn’t such a spineless conformist without the courage to defend her own son in certain circles she would know how strong of a motivating force pride and duty are. Good for her for acknowledging her failures as a mother! But better for the son who overcame them!

  14. Kaylee says:

    Maybe she’s just scared to lose him. I have several very close friends that joined the Marines. I would support them with everything I have if I needed to, but I’ve feared for their lives everyday when they’re overseas. From a person who’s watched their friends leave and go into wore-torn countries, I know what it’s like to be proud and wish they hadn’t joined at the same time because they might not come home, and that’s a hard thought to bear for anyone. The military is something to be proud of, no doubt, but for those at home, prayers and care packages are all we can send with a soldier.

    I really think she’s just terrified to lose her little boy.

    • Jayme says:

      In your words, it makes perfect sense. But they aren’t HER words. Her words are very clear. There’s no other way to interpret them.

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The author.Born in the year of the Dragon, the author grudgingly accepts the fact he has too many interests and not enough time. A cyclist as long as he can remember, an avid yet inconsistent writer since age eleven, and a U.S. Marine since age twenty-one, the author also adds peak bagging, diving, snowboarding, and computers to his list of interests. Incidentally, he is aware of his inability to make a living from any but the Corps. The author accepts this as fact and remains optimistic. Feel free to drop him a line.

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