Semper Fi Matt

Posted: Sunday, July 22, 2007 by Travis Cody in

Note: This post will be up through Sunday.

I was going to put up one of two meme posts I've been working on, but instead I want to honor my friend Dixie's son Matt. He leaves on Sunday to become a Marine.

I've never met this young man, but his choice to serve makes my heart swell with pride. Dixie has been understandably worried about her son. She has a mother's pride and love for her firstborn. She's not quite ready to let him go.

But she will. She'll hug him tight on Sunday, smooth his shirt over his shoulders as he stands tall. She'll hold his head still and look in his eyes, and tell him how proud she is and how much she loves him. She'll try not to cry and fail.

Matt will smile at his mom, a little embarrassed but understanding. He'll take her hands in his and squeeze them. He'll lean close and whisper in her ear, "I love you Mom". He'll grip her cheeks one last time, kiss her gently, and reassure her that he'll be fine. He'll shake his stepfather's hand, pick his little sister up in a bear hug. Then he'll turn back to his mom, say he loves her again, and off he'll go.

Matt - I'm proud of you and of your choice. I'm proud of your mom too.

“Please Visit Dixie and Matt and Wish Them Well As He Leaves For Parris Island And The Marines on Sunday, July 22, 2007.
Just click HERE.”

Thanks to Vinny over at The Big Leather Couch for the mission.

Thanks to Kyra over at The 108 for this most excellent banner.


  1. this is lovely trav. i did it too but yours is so much nicer. dixie will be so happy when she reads this. you are a gem my friend...

    smiles, bee

  1. Shelby says:

    really great post about your friend!!

  1. Meribah says:

    The puppy has been stumbling around the blogosphere and seeing some really nice tributes. What a swell bunch! It makes me glad to call y'all my friends. Hugs!

  1. Bond says:

    Terrific job Travis. Wonderful visuals.

    Thanks for spreading the seeds...

  1. Anndi says:

    Love you bro...

    (stop making me cry damnit)


  1. Travis, this is the reason I keep coming back. You have the kindest heart! I know the bond between Marines and all but you acknowledged Dixie in such a beautiful way. This will be an honor she'll keep in her heart forever. You're special - thanks for your kindness!

  1. sweet! :)

    We're lucky to have brave men like him to protect our freedom.

  1. Nice post Trav, mine said Matt Becomes a Man.........

  1. Steven says:

    Very beautifully put, Travis. Wonderful thoughts for Dixie and her son.

  1. Julie says:

    Wow! I felt the burn in my eyes....Dixie's gonna have a good cry over this honey. And that's not necessarily a bad thing either.

  1. Travis says:

    Thanks all for your support. This is just a small representation of what I'm thinking about Matt and his choice.

  1. TopChamp says:

    It's a big deal... wishing them both all the best!!!

  1. I am truly at a loss for words. I'm sitting here on this hotel computer crying my eyes out at all these wonderful post.

    How will I ever get around to everyone's blogs to thank them? Just like the others that I have visited I want to jump through this computer and give you a huge hug, sloppy wet kiss, a little nibble, grope and lick...