My fabulous step-son left Sunday to head to the hotel he was to stay at the night before attending MEPS and getting his orders to fly out to RTC. I am so very proud of him. He had his cell phone with him and was texting his dad along his way while traveling. He had one layover in one airport and let us know when he got there, and he again texted whenever he was about to get off the plane and check in with the officials waiting on him and other recruits in Chicago. I have been excited every time we have heard from him. I have just been imagining what he was feeling and seeing on this new exciting journey. Everyone has said how hard this must be on us as parents. I do not really find it all that difficult because I know he is doing something that he really has wanted to do for a long time. Sure, it is a little strange to see his bedroom all packed up and to see his car in the driveway and him not being here. Ultimately I think he has set the mood as excitement for me and his father. We got "THE CALL" at about 2:35 a.m. last night. I found it really hard to go back to sleep after that. I just laid there thinking about what he is experiencing in those moments after the call. I have read and watched many articles and videos on this website and others that have been very helpful with all the unknowns. As I said before, I just really feel excited, of course with a twinge of worry as any step-mother would! Now to wait on "THE BOX"!