Posted by: Jacqui Murray | November 14, 2016

What’s it Like to Parent a Midshipman?

worriedThese are from websites for USNA parents. I think they make good points:


To be a Good Naval Academy Mother:
is to know FEAR – there is so much mystery at USNA
is to know PRIDE – that one so young will aspire to such noble calling
is to know UNCERTAINTY – why hasn’t he called?
is to know GRATITUDE – that a sponsor will take him in and treat him so well
is to know JOY – he likes it and is doing so well
is to know DESPAIR – he’s on restriction
is to know FRIENDSHIP – others who share your feelings and see you through
is to know FAITH – there is someone other than you working in your child’s life
is to know AGONY – his friend was separated
is to know a THRILL – catching a glimpse of him in a parade or march on
is to know PERSEVERANCE – the Dark Ages last forever; send another care package
is to know SUPPORT – their Sponsors, whom you have never met, write regularly
is to know ANGER – why does he have watch on the day you can visit?
is to know to keep PATRIOTISM – spend an hour in Memorial Hall and read all the names marked.

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and To Hunt a Sub, her debut thriller. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a tech columnist for TeachHUB, a program reviewer for CAEP ISTE, and freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Currently, she’s editing the sequel to To Hunt a Sub–Twenty-four Days–which should be out next summer.



  1. It takes nerves of steel.

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