No need to apologize. You are on that emotional roller coaster that a lot of moms and dads ride during this stage. Honestly, you just brought a new perspective to this that I can't recall anyone else ever talking about. The part about the boy friend and all of her friends that spent time at your home. Sounds like you were more than a dad of just one girl! I'm on a different computer this morning, and I wanted to share something with you, but I can't right now. Hopefully Paul will see this and put it on here for you, but it's something that was written by another dad some time ago that is still relevant today.
Rest assured, you are not alone in this new adventure.
Craig, You are not alone in feeling this way. When my son went to boot camp my wife was a basket case for about a week. I didn't let my feelings show cause I had to be strong for my wife and his siblings. I too missed his friends and his quirky since of humor. I missed playing Call of Duty with him and his best friend. It just makes it more enjoyable and you get a great deal of pride when you go to their graduation and when they get to go on liberty with you. Now that my son is out of boot camp and has been since 2012. I love every time I get to see him.
....And so it begins....I don't know how much younger your children are, but involve them in writing to their Sister. Make them feel included in the whole process. It is a good thing for them and your recruit!
My daughter will PIR September 30. I know just what you are going through. Remember this, it means So much to them--WRITE WRITE WRITE and don't forget pictures. It gets easier...
You are not alone. I felt similar feelings when our daughter left on July 6th. That 4th of July celebration was very emotional, to say the least. I really did not know how I would handle things when our only daughter left for boot camp, but there were certainly times when I broke down. Write your daughter letters, lots of them. Send pictures if you can and if you run out of things to talk about just tell her some things that are happening in the world. They like that. My wife and I wrote some letters to friends our daughter made in boot camp too, a couple of other girls who were not receiving mail. We sent NEX cards and phone cards and stamps just to help those girls get by a little easier. Be encouraging and positive in everything you write. No news is good news! Our daughter is now in Pensacola at Corry Station and enjoying her Navy experience a lot more. She phased up and gets to go off base for liberty this weekend and wear civilian clothes. She still tells us she misses us, but is so excited to embark on her journey as an adult too. It has been a crazy ride and we are proud parents for sure and I bet you are as well. Go Navy! Good luck to your daughter!
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