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Steve was a good father and a good guy. He always paid his child support and took his kds on the weekend and for vacation every year. . I sheparded him through years of domestic problems and each time the judge would not give him custody.
In Georgia when a child turns 14 he has the right to elect which parent to live with. On the day before his 14th birthday a son would come to the office, make an affidavit that he wanted to live with his dad. the next day I would take that affidavit and an order to the judge and she would have to change custody. Got to piss off the ex and rile the judge at the same time.
Eric always wanted to be a Marine. He and his step brother would go off on recce’s around the neighborhood. One nite they went by the school. Someone had left a ladder out. So they put it up, got on the roof to survelle the area and noticed that one of the hatches was not locked. Taking this opportunity to invade the enemy territory they went down into the school. They were not too careful and broke a few chairs.
When they got back to the house they told his stepsister what they had done and she wanted to go on the next adventure. Sure enuff, the ladder was there, the hatch was unlocked and down they went into the inner sanctum. “Freeze” as they were impaled on the ray of the flashlight of the cop lying in ambush. So the boys ended up with a little legal problem.
Three years later Eric goes to enlist in the Marines. “Sorry, Eric. You have a criminal record.” (When I was a kid you got out of criminal problems by enlisting in the Army or Marines.) Sometimes my stories have good endings. I went back to the judge and the DA, explained the situation, and we made the record go away. We then wrote the Marine Corp and said “He’s back.” When the Corp did a recheck the criminal record was no longer there and Eric enlisted. He was the honor graduate of his basic class.
I made these pens with the Marine Corp emblem for a Marine and his Dad. The wood is Jerusalem olive.I had lunch today with Steve and gave him the pens. Eric is going back to Iraq in February.
-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.