Come on, Freema, you were just all wound up because you got to rub all those young Marines on the head :)
One thing that just occurred to me. I've never felt so safe and at ease around a crowd as large as that, ever.
Felt like family, didn't it? And I hate being in crowds.
I do love to rub a jarhead LOL! One of my vices ; ) Shoot, I do love a jarhead, period! I fully understand your feeling of sense if being safe and at ease. I felt it too. That's how I felt all through my childhood.
It is the most precious of gifts.
You ain't lying! I even let my daughter get right in the middle of it all to take some pictures for a class project. I knew she was in good hands, best ever!