Friday, February 29, 2008

O Captain, My Captain

When I started dating Jeff about 11 years ago, give or take a few months, he was a ROTC cadet. Mind you, I had no idea what that meant. Shortly thereafter he was commissioned, which made him a Lieutenant (of the lesser degree, since this rank is broken into second and first) and I had no idea what that meant, except that he was getting a regular paycheck and we thought we were rich.

Time passed, as it has a tendency to do, and he became Captain Rock. Has a nice ring, don't you think? It is entirely possible that being a Captain in the Air Force is the best time of your life (or the wife's life, I guess). There is the experience that precludes you from the more inane duties but the youth which prevents the responsibilities from being too great. You are a captain for kind of a long time. And in Jeff's case, you are a good captain and a nice guy and then your neighbors start calling you The Captain, so then so does your wife.

So it is with a tender heart that I have to announce that as of 11:30 CST today, the captain ride is over. The Air Force will have its newest (and dare I say best - he is my husband after all) major. So, dear husband, congratulations and thanks for the pay raise.

P.S. He will always be The Captain, it just has a better ring to it :)


Susan said...

Congratulations! The rank-less Hendersons are very proud of you!

Jody & Joey said...

Major Rock has a nice ring to it too!
WOW - you're a Major's wife....
From one Major's wife to another.... that means you guys are getting old! Now you are really going to get s*** from The Rife Wife.

Steph said...

Congrats, Jeff!

I still have yet to get used to the Major prefix; to ask for "Major Hawkins" just isn't the same. Kind of weird actually. And today, for the first time, I jotted down "O4" on a sheet at the g**d*** m******f****** hospital. I love it there.

Lisa said...

Dear Capt. (and fam) -- we are so happy for you!! And really, The Captain is more like a name than it is a rank, and since Im the one who came up with it, I think its ok to still call you that. Of course if you were still here having some new letters on the name plate would be fun to mess around with (what could we spell out of A, C, J, K, M, 2 O's and 2Rs?)

Miss you guys!

Sharon said...

WOW! Congratulations, MAJOR ROCK, MRS. MAJOR ROCK AND "SON-OF-MAJOR" ROCK! That is a Leap Day to remember! Love you! Aunt Sharon