My Matt has wanted to be a Navy SEAL for as long as I can remember. At first, he wanted to be a Power Ranger….then Johnny Quest……then maybe a LEGO guy. He told long, drawn out stories about the adventures of all his “guys” when playing with trucks, cars and action figures. He’s a great storyteller!

Matt Power Ranger

We’ve also been reading all the books we can get our hands on about the SEAL life. We know it is hard. We know it may not be for Matt. We know that he might not even get IN. We know that he might last an hour. We know that he might get hurt. Or killed.

We. Know.

Yet, we Don’t. Really. We don’t know squat.

SEAL The Unspoken Sacrifice

I purchased this book about 5 years ago and every once in a while, we browse thru it. I cannot get thru the whole book in one sitting. I think Matt can. He and his roommate were VERY motivated by this book when they were in Navy ROTC.

Recently, I found out that the book “SEAL The Unspoken Sacrifice”  was going be an exhibit at the Pritzker Military Museum in Chicago.  Author and Photographer Stephanie Freid-Perenchio extended us an invitation to attend the VIP Opening Event.

I made our In-Flight Lunches and we hopped on the plane to Chicago! We booked a room at The Silversmith Hotel and took the Orange Line Train from Midway Airport. It was a fun experience!  The Hotel is 10 steps away from the train stop and the Pritzker Military Museum is a block away from the hotel.

Midway Chicago In Flight Meal

The evening was Just. So. Cool. Just what Matt needed…..Seeing great Navy SEAL photographs, Hearing great Navy SEAL stories, and Meeting some Great Navy SEALS!

Matt and Author Author Signing Book Signing Book IMG_5497_edited-1 Matt MB Stephanie

Author Signe To Matt

Matt SEAL Robert IMG_5507_edited-1 IMG_5520_edited-1 Windows

I loved how the Pritzker Museum made clear “stickers” of a few photos and put them on the windows.SEAL Panel 3 SEAL Panel

These 3 Navy SEALS spoke for over an hour about their experiences.

Matt SEAL exhibit

Swim Buddy Matt SEAL Officer

I would be your Swim Buddy ANY DAY ANY TIME, Matt.
Here. We. Go!

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