So it has been one week today or 7 days since my daughter has left, I got the box, but no letter yet. I peruse every single photo posted in the hopes of seeing her. Just a glimpse into what she is doing. She told me not to call her recruiter, which I did not until yesterday (Broke my promise)...Thank, heaven he did not answer. This baby of mine (20 year old baby) has left for two weeks to Paraguay and it did not upset me as bad. Some days are better than others. There are a lot of Mom’s and Dad’s that help a lot. I just want to know she is doing OK. That is all. I know I have to cut the Apron Strings at some time, though being my last child at home this is about the hardest thing I have had to do. For the last 32 years, it has been my kids and I through the good and bad...Yes, there have been a couple of men in there…however, when things got bad, I could always count on the kids being there. I just never thought she would be the one to leave. Now, don’t get me wrong! I am so Darn Proud of her...I know every member of my family who has been a member of the service since the War of 1812, is looking down on her with Pride. Her Grandpa who has passed would be so proud to know she has joined up. He rest at The National Cemetery in Grand Prairie Texas overlooking the Flag.
A Couple of days before she left, she came into my office to have a “Talk”...She told me, Mom, if something happens to me, bury me where Grandpa is, I want to be close to him. Then preceded a massive amount of tears!
I think her Brother said it so well on a post he made I would like to share:
"It follows then as certain as that night succeeds the day, that without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious." - George Washington.
Sarah, the journey you are about to embark upon is going to be tough, it’s going to be hard...you’re probably going to want to quit, but WHEN YOU MAKE IT you will be so proud. And I personally cannot wait for that day to come, the day that you could get to be cal a Sailor. A member of the Navy, fighting for this country and being all you can be (yes that was Army, but it fits here too: p)
I love you to pieces and hate to see you go, but I know it is for the better. Just remember that I am always here for you.
God Speed and God Bless! Love You: D Your Big Brother