Time is slipping by so fast and in just a few short weeks my baby boy will leave for RTC and then out into the world of the Navy. We are beyond proud of him and all he has accomplished. My husband is 71 and I am 57, so this young man was a very special blessing from day one. Our oldest son will soon be 31 and has three daughters (he is an army vet). Our recruit turns 19 about 9 days before his ship date. He insists we don't make any kind of fuss over him, so we will do our best. He will be a third generation Sailor on my Husband's side. We realized at 14 that he was bored with public school and decided to home school until he got old enough to take the GED (16). It took a couple of years for him to decide which way he wanted to go and this spring went to a recruiter where he blew the top out of the ASVAB and a couple of other tests. He is getting excited about all there is ahead of him and seems to be happy with his choices. We would be proud of him even if he wanted to drive a trash truck. He is an awesome young man, a fantastic uncle to his nieces and I know God will walk before him and show him the way. He has already did some research on volunteer opportunities at A-School for extra credits. I pray that he will always remember how much God loves him and that we will always have his back regardless of where he goes in life. We are not letting go we are lifting up, reaching for that top shelf. We love our baby boy, our soon to be Sailor! Our ship out date is July 24.