Its clear that you and your son have a close bond together. Him leaving for the Navy is a big step in his life and yours. I can understand emotions right now....we have all gone through it... I am writing this on the 13th and understand that time is getting closer to your son leaving. But think of it this way....you have raised him to be a man...a man who knows what he wants to do....A man who has stepped up and wants to protect our freedom and our way of life. Your right the next few weeks are going to be long and you will wake up each day asking yourself how is he doing ? you will hear from him a few times. Make sure you send him letters, he'll be looking for them. Believe me, because you raised him into a man he will be just fine. When those doors open a graduation you will be over come by so many emotions. Give him a hug , tell him him you are proud of him. At graduation you will see the man you helped raised plus a man that he became during this time...then you get to see him develope further inhis Navy Career.
Still really hard for me been crying for a while he just got sworn in at 10:30 this mornin and in the van right now heading to basic!
Pauls right...read as much as you can on this site...read about boot camp and what they do each week ...at the end of the 8-9 weeks you have so much more to talk about....just stay close to this site the Admins are great...have a ton of knowledge and just wait it will be over before you know it....email anytime...
Tony, I soooo know what you are going through. The days leading up to my son leaving was getting harder and harder for me the closer it got. The day he left all most did me in. I was heartbroken. I wanted to go there with him and wanted to take care of him and protect him. But I had to realize that this is something he wanted and needed to do. I wanted him to be that little boy playing power rangers in the back yard but he wanted to be a sailor. I know you find yourself wondering what is he doing right now, is he ok, is he missing home. Please know,he is so busy right now he does not have time to think about being home sick. You will find you yourself rushing to the mailbox everyday and when you do get a letter from him you will not be able to get the letter open fast enough. I will warn you it will be short and you will be left wanting to know more. Don’t worry its normal and we all have been there. Try and focus on the graduation day coming and you will be amazed at how your son has grown in to the man you always knew he was going to be when you see him. If you ever need advice or have questions on what’s coming next please feel free to ask. God Bless!!
Tony it will get a bit easier. We as parents will always worry about our children. I certainly feel your pain. When we dropped my son off and to see him get in the van for MEPS was the hardest part of it. Over time, it got better as we were able to communicate with him. As soon as you get his address, write to him often as it's about the only outside contact he will have. Like everyone else has said here, stick with us, join the boot camp group and PIR group and ask any questions you may have. We are one big support group. Hang in there!
Tony trust me it WILL get easier and the time will fly. My daughter just graduated on 10 June and it really went by fast. Key is to write to your son but realize that he will not have a lot of time to write back so do not get discouraged or worried if you do not get many letters back. Those letters from you will help him get thru the challenges ahead.
I say this both as a Navy dad AND Former Marine.
its so very hard to watch your child go but it must happen. there are so many bad ways they can leave home so be thankful. for your son it is important to write. i wrote every day. somedays letters somedays i sent funny cards with notes inside. its important for them to know that the life they know (home) is still there and ok. my sailor got more mail than anyother and was proud of that. some pictures of family are appreciated too. you can look on my page we tryed to be creative with our pictures. did i mention that my sailor is my daughter? she was daddys girl (tearing up a little). missing our kids is our job.
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