|Emerald Coast A&M Club 2014 Muster Speaker!|
|Captain Goodbaby listening to Dad|
Chris talked about his squadron's work in Operation Tomodachi as an extension of the Aggie Spirit. He'd been asked to speak shortly after the January edition of Texas Aggie magazine came out featuring this year's 12 Under 12 Young Alumni. Muster was at Fort Walton Beach's Magnolia Grill. Everyone was so nice, and the food was delicious! For any non-Aggies reading this, TAMU students and former students are supposed to meet every April 21 for a 'family reunion' type event called Muster, to discuss days at A&M and have a roll call for absent Aggies (who have passed away since the last muster).
Chris' speech and some pictures he shared will be posted on our local TAMU club's page soon, but I also wanted to quote my favorite part here. Isaac was astonishingly well-behaved during the entire event; we only lost him a couple times when he bee-lined for the gumball machine while Chris and I were otherwise engaged. I'd brought the electronic babysitter so Isaac would play Endless Numbers if he got fidgety, but during this part of Chris' talk Isaac paid rapt attention. When Chris sat down again, Isaac slid from my lap to his own chair and put his head on Chris' shoulder while patting his arm.
Part of Chris' speech:
|Our Tiny 12th Man|
|Ring Dance, April 2004|
While everyone involved in this situation was not an Aggie (though a fair number were), this is an example of what the Aggie Spirit means to me, not just in our personal lives, but with our families, our communities, and from one nation to another. Again, our core A&M values of excellence, integrity, leadership, loyalty, respect and selfless service help to describe the Aggie Spirit, but I’d like to add one more descriptive word to it; friendship. (END of quoted part)
In the middle of Chris' speech I had a funny thought. Chris and I met a decade ago, give or take a few weeks. He invited me to the Ross Volunteer Ball, then to Ring Dance a few weeks later. What if I'd seen a picture of last night's Muster that spring, with no explanation at all? Hey, that's Chris speaking---I know that guy. Is that me? I'm sitting next to a two year old. Is he mine? Am I at Muster by myself with a toddler? Where is this? Ha ha. Chris and I laughed about that on the drive home.
Nice work, Chris! Congrats on a speech well spoken!