Monday, 12 March 2012

From Power Ranger to Paratrooper

5 years old and already prepared to defend King and Country (well maybe just his little sister)

This was my little power ranger almost 16 years ago. God he was so cute and full of energy. He was my pride and joy. He has now taken up residence in London. He left home last June, embarking on an adventure with his big brother at 19 years of age. He has mainly worked in pubs, travelled when he could afford to and generally had fun and I think, has learnt a lot of valuable lessons along the way. He celebrated his 20th birthday last October without us and we miss him terribly.

Last week we received an email, informing us that he had finally initiated a course of action to join the military. He has decided to try out for the British Paratroopers and has been given the 'green light' for the first stage of entry.
He can't be serious???
Can he??         
You see, he had been a member of the Army Reserves here in Australia, while he completed his higher school certificate. 
In fact, ever since I can remember he has always been fascinated with war history, heroes and the defence force. As a little boy, he loved playing with those little plastic green army men and would spend hours setting them up in huge platoons across his bedroom floor, planning and stategising tactics.
I always thought he would grow out of this obsession of his, but to this day his yearning for this pathway has remained strong.

Even though I constantly worry about him, I try not to think too far ahead at what might happen in the future. I never thought in a million years that this would be a career my little man would pursue. One thing I have learnt as a parent though, is that we cannot control or determine what our children will be like or how they will live their lives and at some point, we have to let go! As they become adults, our role as parents change. We have to learn to become good listeners and watch from the sideline, supporting and encouraging without judgement.
I am really sad to think that if he makes it through, we may not see him for a long while, but at the same time, I am incredibly proud of his strength and determination. 
No matter what happens, he will always be my little'Power Ranger'. 

I will keep you informed...

G. x


  1. I really enjoyed your post this morning. I too have an almost 20 year old son and I have to keep reminding myself that "it is his journey now" when he makes decisions that I don't think are well considered or when he seems to be just cruising without direction. I am going to try to remember your advice to be "a good listener and watch from the sidelines" more often.
    As to your son's decision for a career in the husband and I were both in the military when we met, I stayed for 9 years, he for 16. It was a wonderful, challenging, demanding, rewarding career that left us with fantastic memories and the most wonderful friends all over the world. It also provided us with skills that have served us extremely well in our civilian careers. I wish your son the best with his decision to serve.

    1. Thankyou so much LynnI. I cried when I read your comment. You have given me hope and renewed confidence in his decision. I really appreciated your kind words and wisdom. xx G

  2. OH G i to remember that little power ranger, where the hell did the time go he is a clever boy and is living his life as he wants it we were the same at that very age, just b there to support him even if its thru skype we have set the ground work up for them now its their time to shine easier said than done i wish him all the luck in the world and we as mothers can have our morning teas or nights out and share our partially empty nest syndrome together xx


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