We went to MEPS and were able to watch her swear in, then we were to have lunch together, when she sat down to eat they called her for her travel itinerary, she came back showed us her flight number then the called her to the bus....I was not ready for her to go so quickly..I mean I knew it was comming but she was gone sooooo fast i feel like i didnt get long enough to say what I wanted, how proud I am, and how much I love her. It brings tears to my eyes as I type this.I can't wait to see her again :)
My son is Jacob and he left today for Chicago. I am waiting for the call to say he got there. He texted early and had arrived at the Chicago airport and is waiting for the bus. He is my youngest and has never been away from home very much so I am having a hard time with this. I feel like a panic attack is close!
Welcome to the rollercoaster called Boot Camp. We got on 6 weeks ago today. Our son will PIR on 4/13. I cried a LOT the first few days. It gradually became a few times a day. After 2-3 weeks, it becomes once a day or so. Now, I can actually make it a few days, sometimes, depending on what is going on or what I read on here, or who asks about him, or...well you get the idea. We are moms...through and through...we love them unconditionally. I counted the days until he left and now I count the days until I see him again.
Trust me, it does get easier and now it seems hard to believe that 6 weeks have already passed and in just 2 1/2 more weeks I'll get to see my new and improved son.
However, I don't think we will ever get off this roller coaster...
My son left on 3/18 , Im missing him so wondering is he homesick , Ive cried so much but each day it gets a little better . I know its something hes wanted and waited to do, and Im so proud . Cant wait to see him and tell him how proud and how much I love him. Each day will get better.
kellyc, as soon as I got home from seeing my son off, I went straight to the computer & started writing. About my feelings that day, my pride in my son, some cool memories.....just some happy thoughts. I wrote a page every day, and when I got his address I mailed about 11 envelopes, all numbered in the order that I wrote them. I absolutely loved writing to him and getting his letters. He's been in 2 1/2 years now and we just text a lot. ;) I really miss those letters!
This is a lot harder on the parents than the SR's! They are busy every minute of every day and we are worried & wondering every minute of every day! Hang in there! JODI
My son left today from AZ. I was fine the whole time at Meps, but when I got my last hug as he got into the van I lost it. Im so glad for this site, because its going to be a long 8 weeks.
Jakes Mom, thanks for the reply this helped. I will get a journal today and start writing things down and watch how many letters I send LOL... I was like a zombie all day.... didnt want to talk to anyone. Once I got the call at 11:30pm last night I was fine. Good luck with your youngest leaving today. I dont think I could do this twice.
How was your call??
Hi!! How are you doing? I totally understand how you feel. Im still having a hard time with it. Today I wanted to call him and see how things were going. This site has helped me a lot. Its going to be a long 8 weeks, and It would be nice to take this journey with another mom from AZ. Maybe our sons will be in the same group.
Im glad he sounded good. I felt the same way=)
oh no you missed his call=( thats good your husband was home to talk to him.
I live in San Tan Valley. I love flagstaff. We were up there about 3 months ago for James Rugby games. He played for ASU at that time.
Yes, lets stay in touch either on here or FB. Im on both all the time.
In my letter I will ask him if he knows your son.
My daughter's PIR WAS 3/16. I still remember the empty feeling in my stomach when she left. It is harder on us than them. The best advice I can give is too write!! I wrote everyday, and my daughter loved it. I also sent her pictures that I would put on a word document. She also loved getting copies of her FaceBook page. Hang in there!! It's not easy, but there are lots of people on this site to help!!
How are you doing? I know it's hard to let our kids go. My son left March 13th. Is this your youngest child? We are all here for you. I now have 3 in the Navy. My oldest son who is in Pensacola Florida. My youngest son who is in bootcamp. My husband who is a Chief here at Great Lakes. I live across the street from bootcamp. If you have any questions let me know.