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My son left this morning for boot camp in San Diego. I spent my summer living in denial and held onto it for as long as I could. Yesterday I had my first flood of emotions and had my first big cry. This morning I held off until I had to tell him good bye, cried all the way home.
He goes to Kansas City tonight and flies out tomorrow. I guess he starts later in the week. His projected graduation date is Friday, Nov 2.
Sending a boy, looking forward to meeting the man.
My son just finished Phase I at MCRD and is heading to Pendleton next week to begin Phase II. I send him a letter almost every day. He gets letters from his daddy every other day and his sister and various family members and friends send him occasional letters. He has grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who are praying (and some fasting) for him on a regular basis. None of which he takes for granted.
He knows he has a big and affectionate family and the love…Continue
In an article called helicopter parenting in recruitparents.com ((see link below) there is a letter from GySgt Kohler (Paris Island). It knocked me hard between the eyes and made me take any wishy-washy, hovering parenting desires I was tempted to entertain and kick. them. to. the. curb.
I wasn't, by any means, a perfect mom -- but I was a pretty good one. For 18 years I was able to love and comfort him when he needed it. I was able to be there when he fell, pick him up,…Continue
Almost three weeks ago, I sent my boy off with strangers to what I knew would be the most challenging, even grueling, experience of his life.
I stewed for days waiting for "the call". When if finally came three days later, just after midnight, I had to listen to him yelling "Aye, Aye, sir....aye, aye, sir...aye, aye, sir...aye, aye, sir" over and over until he got the go ahead and he yelled out his speech, said I love you and good bye. I didn't wait for him to start or…Continue
2146!! Ryan's in platoon #2146. I just found my son's address on his fb page and am getting ready to address about six letters that I've been waiting ever so impatiently to addressed.
Looking forward to getting the communication flowing to and from California and also hearing from other parents whose sons are in his platoon.
Life just got a little better.