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You are in the Normal.... I'd like Abri to head right baxk into training, but they have the resources under their belt. i am sure your worries are just a normal thing... Abri knows what she did.. she views 'civi' world as scraggly" looking people now... that's a plus.. she once ran with the scraggles!!! Your Jessica will be fine.
I am right there with you. Our innate parental need to protect our chidren will never go away. They have been completely isolated from the outside world for a long time, and being thrown back into it is a scary thing. I plan to talk to Andrea and her sister (for backup and reminders) and share what we were told during the orientation briefing. I talked very briefly to Andrea on our way home - we haven't had any time alone yet - and reminded her that no matter where she is or who she is with she is a Marine now. She assured me that she knows where she has been, and where she HAS to be from now on. Still, the Mom in me will remind her often while she is home. Old habits and people can tarnish our newly minted Marines too quickly. I'm glad she has been in contact with her recruiter already (even though he had to make the initial contact) and that she will be on recruiter's assistance for a while before she goes to MCT.
I think our support group on this site will continue to be a huge help!
By the way it was GREAT to meet you - and the other parents, even though I thought I was meeting you when I met someone else haha... It was very nice to connect and put faces with the names.
Abri, Is LREADY SAYING, HER FRIENDS ARE
SHE CONTINUES TALKING ABOUT BOOT CAMP, AND THE FUNNY STORIES OF THE DI'S ...... SHE WON'T WEAR HER DRESS BLUES IN A FAMILY SO SO RESTAURANT, IT HAS TO 'UPTOWN" PLUS I THINK SHE'D BE A BIT EMBARRASSED HER BOYFRIEND IS ONE OF THOSE SCRAGGLY LOOKING KIDS LONGER HAIR, A SIZE JEAN TO BIG, NICE KID, YOU GET THE PIC? SHE CONTINUES HOLDING HER BEVERAGE, IN THE "TRIGGER FINGER "POSITION" SHE WONT WEAR A PARTICULAR ITEM IF SHE IS CAUGHT , TROUBLE.. "REGULATIONS" REGULATIONS" I THINK ABRI IS READY FOR HER NEXT LEG... I WORRY ABOUT HER MIXING WITH THE "FAMILIAR" HERE AT HOME, HOWEVER, SHE KNOWS SHE US GOV'T PROPERTY...I THOUGHT SHE'D BE CONDITIONED TO WAKING UP EARLY, NO WAY, SHE IS SLEEPING IN 9 YESTERDAY NOON!!! SORRY FOR THE CAPS I REALLY AM NOT YELLING I AM TYPING IN THE DARK AND WAS TO LAZY TO RE DO.... UNLIKE MARINES.. I HAVE MY FLAWS, WILL GIVE ME A FOCUS FOR ME TO "IMPROVE" MY COMPUTER SKILLS!!!
HANG IN THERE!!! )FUNNY TELLING YOU THIS!) KELLIE
We were told at Family Day that new Marines should not drive alone for 48 hrs. We drove home w/ our new Marine and found he would just stop talking. Looking into the backseat of the car, he was asleep.
Yesterday, husband drove Marine over to see friends, friends brought him home. He talked about how he doesn't think he'll be going over to see them again. It's not the same. They are no longer in the same place. We told Marine that while he has grown in maturity, they haven't. I felt bad for him, but I thank God the MFN informed us this was coming. It helped us respond.
Kristi has also just been relaxing, wants to be at home with her family. She has been messaging her friends, most have moved on to college or are already in the military. Has met up with her recruiter and is helping with their PT days and going to the high school with her recruiter at some point this week while she is on leave. With the snow we have up here I think she looks forward to heading south again just for the warmth!
Peyton visited his old high school yesterday and was asked to speak to classes, mainly the ROTC classes. He also was asked to help with their drill practice yesterday, which he very much enjoyed. He is resting some, spending time mainly with family though, and helping do things around the house without being asked. He enjoyed going back to church to see everyone there as well. But, it seems he will have more than 10 days, he may be delayed to around 30 days, which we are concerned about. Are your Marines delayed before SOI/MCT? I am worried, because as we were leaving Parris Island Peyton commented how he was already missing his fellow Marines. Maybe his time helping his recruiter will be good though during this time.
Hope everyone is doing well!
As a former Marine myself and having my oldest son just Graduate in January you are going through normal thoughts. Your daughter will be just fine. It will take her a couple of days to realize she can relax a bit and enjoy herself while she has some time with family and friends before heading out to MCT. Just relax and enjoy the time you have and let her readjust.
Semper Fi to you and your family and congrats to her
Abri, is in the same boat sleeping all day, just did her 1st short run yesterday.. I think the apprehension
of the future is frightening, Abri knows this will be the last time in a long time she will see these kids. Apparently they were briefed on going home and what to expect.. Abri talks non stop about her hair and how much crap she got about her hair. it's short term... Abri said she may even be deployed on a ship once she completes her MOS.. so Jessica is as normal as the rest... chill... Kellie