Thursday, February 21, 2008


I went to an Army Recruitment office, asking for some donated paraphernalia for an up-coming church activity. It went something like this:

Me :(hat on, very little make-up): Hi, I am doing an ARMY-themed activity and was wondering if there were posters or something that could be donated for us to set up?

Fatigue-clad gentleman (mid-thirties): Well, uh...we just moved to this building, and well...everything is sort of a mess right now. (sends another fatigue-clad gentleman to the back to look).

Me: Well, our event isn't for another 3 weeks, I can come back, if that's o.k.

Gentleman: our new building is just down the street, come back in 2 weeks.

Me: O.k., thank you so much. ( start to step out of the door).

Gentleman: Have you ever thought about joining the ARMY?

Me: Uh...? not really, I've got a car full of little ones. (the Mom-mobile was 2 feet away, crawling with antsy little ones).

Gentleman: ? What GRADE are you in?

Me: (laughing inside) Oh, I'm 30.

Gentleman: (pinkish) Wow, sorry M'am, I thought you were about 17.

oh boy.


Heidi said...

awesome! 17. you rock!

Marie - Mother of the Bird Nest said...

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! I'm laughing out loud to myself in my kitchen....probably my favorite thing about blogging. 17!!! That's the best! And, if you were only 17 what is he doing asking you to join the Army? CRAZY GENTLEMAN!

The Griffins said...

Kelly, seriously. I am just laughing out loud. Did he walk you out to your car just so you could prove your age to him? That would have been priceless!!

DebLawson said...

Awesome!!! That is so funny.

Amy said...

HILARIOUS!!!!! As soon as I read 'recruitment office' I knew that was coming up. I have a friend who is a recruiter for the Air Force, so I know how it goes. Trying to get anyone that looks even remotely uninterested. 17, that's pretty awesome!

Oler Family said...

That is sooo funny! I was laughing out loud! That is just over half your age! That's awesome...ya hottie!

Olive-us said...

I love it! I wonder what his reaction would have been had you said, "Yes, I am 17 and have four children."
He probably still would have signed you up.

sheena said...

ditto shawna. Next time (and I'm sure it will happen) you should be 17 with 4 kids and act interested in joining. Like motherhood was driving you crazy and the army was a good way out.

that's my idea of a good time.

Anson & Michelle said...

Wow that is AWESOME!! So I was at this party and I wasn't invited to be in the young picture because they knew I wasn't under 25... maybe it was the spit up on my shirt I hadn't changed.