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My son leaves for GL this Sunday and my heart is broken. I am sad, worried, and very proud all at the same time. Whenever I start to think that he wont be around anymore I get very emotional. He is my first born, my only son, and my buddy! I am going to miss him so much. I also worry hoping that he knows what he is getting into. Although some of our family has served our Country, we are not what you would call a military family. I know all of our children must leave the nest. We do the best we can and then they must move on to build their own lives. It is just really hard letting go and not being able to know if they are okay.

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Thank you for your response. I am anxiously waiting for my sons address. We did hear from him when he got to Great Lakes, just like this website said...it was pretty scripted. I'm here, They're sending my stuff home to you, I will send you my address as soon as I can, I love you,they are telling me I need to get off the phone now. That was that! I cannot wait to hear from him and even better get my arms around him again.

Peace.

The worrying is relentless. I keep trying to get my mind on other things, the things I need to focus on but my thoughts get carried back to my son. I had a weird thing happen to me this morning. I woke up at 4am, I never do that, and could not get back to sleep. Then I remembered reading that today reveille was at 4am at Great Lakes. That freaked my out a little. We have to resolve ourselves into know that our sons, daughters, and loved ones are in good hands and being taken care of. I can't wait to hear from him and see him again.

Thank you

Otto,

I wrote my son a letter yesterday. Just talking about things that have been going on and more importantly reminding him of how proud I was. While writing the letter I was overcome with a feeling of pride. Not just because he was a part of the Navy but because of the character my son possesses. Over the last few week before he left I was noticing a level of commitment, strength and courage that I had never seen before. I made sure I put that down in that letter. All the Best to you, your family, and your son.

Barry,

We received the I am here call Sunday night. It was good to hear from him but everyday I wish I could just pick up the phone and see how he is doing. All the best to you, your family, and your son. Let me know when you get his address it really helps me to know some time frames. I will do the same.

Mark

Troy,

How was the ceremony. What a great honor being able to swear your son in. Thank you for your service to our great country. I am very very proud of my son and know he is going to do great things. Thank you for your support.

Mark

Dan,

Thank you for your response. I can't wait to see my son at PIR. I am glad to hear that your son is doing well. Your letter has helped to calm my worry but as you know it never really goes away. All the best to you and your family.

Mark

Focusing......yes, indeed.....I was chuckling when I read your reply.....ditto here, especially the first few days.....I still find myself imagining what he's doing........Remember, no news is good news,  and - it will be over before we know it - .....  have a good day - go sell - i have to get to work, too!! 

Rick,

Thank you for your response. I am hoping these 8 weeks (7 1/2 now) go by quickly. I pray that my son is doing okay and getting through everything with a sense of purpose. Please keep me posted on your sons progress. All the best to you and your family.

Mark

Gary,

Thank you. It really does make things a little easier knowing that your feelings are shared by other Navy Dads. I still can't get used to saying that. All the best to you and your family.

Mark

Jim,

Thank you for your response. How is your son doing? Is he still in the Navy?

The tears come up suddenly and unexpectedly but I am learning to cope, one way or another. All the best to you and your family.

Mark

Good to hear you are sending letters of encouragement. Keep them going to try and keep you and your sons spirites up. It will get better just knowing he is in a good place and will learn alot. Keep the phone by you and visit the mail box just in case each day. He will make it no problems. take care. Otto

MARK,

MY ONLY SON (I ALSO HAVE A 16 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER) WHO IS 19 IS IN HIS 5th WEEK OF BOOT CAMP.

I FIND WRITTING TO HIM THREE TIMES A WEEK VERY HELPFUL. SOME LETTERS ARE JUST SHORT NOTES. NOTHING MORE THAN WHAT HAS GONE ON IN  BETWEEN LETTERS.

THIS WEBSITE HAS BEEN WONDERFULL AND HELPS US GET THROUGH THE TIME OUR SONS ARE AWAY. READ AS MUCH AS YOU CAN ABOUT BOOTCAMP. I TRY TO FOLLOW THE WEEKS SO I KNOW WHAT HE IS DOING.

I AM NOT AN EMOTIONAL PERSON, KIND OF A TOUGH GUY THAT DOESN'T LET ANYTHING BOTHER ME, BUT I HAVE MY MOMENTS, EVEN TEARING UP AS I READ THIS POST AND THE REPLIES, DON'T BE AFRAID TO HAVE YOUR MOMENTS ALSO.

DON'T LET YOUR HEART BE BROKEN BUT LET IT BE FILLED WITH PRIDE AS OUR SON'S SERVE OUR GREAT COUNTRY.

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