In 3 weeks, I'll be putting my Junior Ring on at about 1845. My Rook Class will place a piece of metal on our hands that symbolize hardship, friendship, and memories that fade not through the changing years.
In this time, I have a lot of work to do. We have to put together invitations and have them sent to the junior's inbox, get all of the favors shipped to us on time and packaged correctly, box the correct rings with the right wooden box that each cadet earns, AND run the ceremony on the 20th. That's a wild ride if you ask me! A lot of stuff to do, a not very much time to do it. I can feel the pressure starting to build up in some people, but once we put that ring on it will be a sweet relief for everyone. The weekend will, without a doubt be one of my most memorable at Norwich.
For once I get to be selfish about it. It's my weekend, I earned it. Every Junior Class earns it and when they do, it'll be their weekend, not mine.
In the mean time, the weather is starting to get warmer, just like I said it would. A little known fact here is that Cadets control the weather. But they have to fill a quota on how stressed they get in order to make the sunshine come out again. Midterms, rings, training, all of it is a part of the Norwich experience.
Always a hoot.