5 Ways Being The Son Of Sailor Shaped Who I Am Today
Start writing a post

5 Ways Being The Son Of Sailor Shaped Who I Am Today

My dad ran a tight ship.

5 Ways Being The Son Of Sailor Shaped Who I Am Today

I did not join military life by choice, like most people. I was born into it. Until the age of two, I lived on a United States submarine base. I was born in Groton, Conn. as my father served at the New London Submarine Base. On my first birthday my family packed up and moved to St. Marys, Ga. For the next year my father served on the USS Louisiana as Chief Petty Officer. Shortly after, he retired after 21 years of service to this country, but the life of being a Chief Petty Officer never ends. Instead of being in charge of a submarine, he was in charge of three boys.

1. Waking up to "Anchors Aweigh" every Saturday morning.

Yes, every Saturday morning for as long as I can remember my dad would blare the song throughout the house to wake all of us up. It is a memory I will never forget. I have to say I would still prefer this as an alarm rather than my phone on a Monday morning.

2. My Dad loves it when we call him Chief.

Calling him Dad or any other name was just OK. He still liked it but if we called him Chief we were on his good side for the rest of the day. It has carried on to my brother's children as well who either call my dad Nonno, which is Italian for Grandpa, or Chief.

3. He expects the most of me.

We butt heads, but he still loves me and wants the best for me. Any other person, besides my mother, would have given up already but he knows that I will succeed just as he did in much worse conditions. He expects a lot but I know that I am able to achieve those standards that he sees will come from me. My children will have the same values and goals, just as my brothers and I had.

4. We know how to clean up a house.

My mom would leave for a few days every year to drive my grandma down to her house in Florida. In the three days that she was gone, every piece of laundry would be washed. I would go to take a shower and my clothes that I took off before the shower would be in the washer by the time that I set foot in the shower. The house would be cleaner than how my mom left it when she returned from her trip to Florida. I actually hated this time because it usually included my brothers and I cleaning the house as well.

5. We own three copies of "Top Gun."

It was a boat movie that my dad shared with the family. On the submarine they had a certain amount of movies that they broad along with them. "Top Gun" was one, and my father made sure at a young age that we all had seen it. That trait has spread because a few months ago I introduced a friend of mine to "Top Gun." I often use references from the movie to talk to my friends.

But overall I could never ask for a better childhood. I had a top-notch father and an amazing mother who instilled some great traits into my life and I could not ask for anything else. I was raised right and have a feeling the submarine background had a lot to do with it. Love you, Chief!

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less
a man and a woman sitting on the beach in front of the sunset

Whether you met your new love interest online, through mutual friends, or another way entirely, you'll definitely want to know what you're getting into. I mean, really, what's the point in entering a relationship with someone if you don't know whether or not you're compatible on a very basic level?

Consider these 21 questions to ask in the talking stage when getting to know that new guy or girl you just started talking to:

Keep Reading...Show less

Challah vs. Easter Bread: A Delicious Dilemma

Is there really such a difference in Challah bread or Easter Bread?

loaves of challah and easter bread stacked up aside each other, an abundance of food in baskets

Ever since I could remember, it was a treat to receive Easter Bread made by my grandmother. We would only have it once a year and the wait was excruciating. Now that my grandmother has gotten older, she has stopped baking a lot of her recipes that require a lot of hand usage--her traditional Italian baking means no machines. So for the past few years, I have missed enjoying my Easter Bread.

Keep Reading...Show less

Unlocking Lake People's Secrets: 15 Must-Knows!

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer.

Group of joyful friends sitting in a boat
Haley Harvey

The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people.

Whether you grew up going to the lake, have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart, no matter how dirty the water may look.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments