Sonia Goldstein was flattered by the nice recruiting letter asking her to consider becoming one of "the few, the proud." But at age 78, she believes she's just a little old to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps.
"I couldn't believe it," Goldstein told KCAL-TV on Friday. "My girls were sitting here ... we were in hysterics, we laughed so hard."
The letter told her the corps could use her unique language skills, but also warned that life as a Marine would test her physical and mental abilities "beyond anything you've ever known."
"There I am with my walker. I can't maneuver from here to there without it," said Goldstein, who added that her only language is English.
(Courtesy of the Associated Press, via the Boston Globe.)
Note that this is not the same story that I noticed back in October, when the Corps had sent letters to "a number of older women", including a 78-year-old New Mexico peace activist.
Methinks the recruiters might want to be a bit more selective about where they get their leads from. (Although some of the old ladies in Monty Python skits can be pretty dangerous ...)