If I hadn't found you, MarineParents.com, how in heaven's name would I have survived Boot Camp? I suspect I would have sent silly cards with stickers all over the envelope and glitter inside -- with no idea what hell I'd just caused for my son.
If I hadn't found you, MarineParents.com, I would have completely freaked out when that first "I hate everything and everybody, Mom, what have I done?!" letter arrived.
If I hadn't found you, I would have been completely confused about Family Day and Graduation, arrived too late or too early, and been panicking about when and how we'd meet up with my son and whether and when he was buying the ticket home, I was, the USMC was . . .
If I hadn't found you, I wouldn't have been prepared for the on-again, off-again contact during ITB, or realized that ITB graduation was nothing like Boot Camp graduation, and would have completely flipped when I realized I got a short two hours of hugging before the USMC shipped my one and only son across the Pacific to Hawaii.
But, wait, there's more. If I hadn't found you, MarineParents.com, and marched right up your front steps, grabbed a rocker on the porch and settled in to talk and talk and talk with all my fellow Marine parents through two deployments to Afghanistan . . . I . . . gosh . . . I honestly don't know what I would have done!
I will always remember with gratitude the co-worker who handed me a MarineParents.com brochure she'd gotten from her nephew's Recruiter. It was the start of a beautiful relationship, the kind in which you cry, you laugh, you argue, you sit quietly and just listen . . . it's a family that I can't imagine not having.
So I'm going to march on over to the EGA Shop and order a FREE Poolee Kit that's stuffed with:
And when it arrives, I'm going to drive it down to my son's Recruit Station and let the folks there know they'd be CRAZY not to spread the word, bring the materials to Poolee events, mail it off to the parents of their new Recruits....so that these new parents would have a reliable source for information, someone to hold their hands and hug them when they need it . . . so the Recruiters don't have to!
How about you? What would you have done without MarineParents.com? And wouldn't you want other new USMC parents to find their way here? Pass it on . . .
3/3 Weapons Co (EAS)