Finally got the date. Can't wait to meet other moms feeling the same as I.
One week and counting here...
Hi everyone, my son is down at MEPS in San Diego now and will be sworn in tomorrow. DH, son's girlfriend and I are going to drive down in the morning to see him, and then go to the airport with him. It is surreal that the day is here, he told us almost 2 years ago that he wanted to go into the Navy. I suppose I was in denial because I never thought this day would come. I have been so emotional today, and the weirdest things have set me off crying; his car keys, thinking about him dancing around the house, the fact that just "yesterday" he was my baby and dependent on us for everything. So many emotions.
I am very proud of him, but I can't wait until this two months is over. Good luck to all of us getting through this!
Don't feel bad. I was and am the same way. The 6th--I cried just looking at him. When we got the "I'm ok call" I kept it together on the call but totally lost it crying and hyperventilating from crying so hard. Yesterday I cried all the way in on the drive to work and if someone asked about him. Today was better, I only cried maybe 12+ times today; but the day isn't over yet. I'm with you; I'm proud of my son and all the recruits. My wish for him and the others to that they all stay strong of heart, strong of mind and help each other through this; just like all of us Mom's can help each other through this too. My sister told me for as hard as it is for me; it's probably 100 times harder for my son.
Stay strong for your son. He misses you as much as you miss him (that's what I keep telling myself at least about my son.) :)
That's so funny because while we were down with him at MEPS I didn't cry at all. In fact he and I were cracking jokes when we were hugging good bye. When I got the "I'm ok call" I was a complete wreck; that is when I started the hyperventilating. I was crying so hard I could barely tell him that I loved him. I was consumed with so much sadness yesterday that I was in physical pain. Today has been a lot better, I haven't cried at all. But I also am not home so I'm not passing his room and "seeing" him everywhere.
His girlfriend and I decided we are going to count down the Fridays until we get to see him again. Tomorrow will be 1/9, only 8 more to go.
I understand completely. I seem to do better away form home. Here, I pass his room and I cry. I hear a song that hits my heart and reminds me of him, I cry. If you haven't heard the song "Find Your Wings" by Mark Harris, you should check it out. It fits so perfectly for this week for all of us. It's about watching them grow, having hopes and best wishes for them, letting them know that whatever life holds for them, you are there for them---it's about letting go. It came up in my playlist on the drive home tonight and I lost it...almost had to pull over from not being able to see too clearly. I got an email from my mother-in-law today at work and she was talking about my son...I cried right there at my desk. I hope the emotions at the surface simmer down some soon, otherwise I'm going to get dehydrated. :)
I keep thinking about what he is going through and when we will see him next. He will look so different and act so differently I imagine. He left a young man and will come back all grown up. If you are curious about what they are doing, here are a couple of links we found that are pretty good:
Stay Strong ---Almost 1 week down.
I'm new to the site---Our son left on 10/6 from Ft Meade MD MEPS. I have been reading through the posts and it's nice to know I am not alone in how I am feeling right now. I am so proud of my son; but so sad to see him go. I looked at him on Tuesday as he boarded the bus and the look that he had reminded me of the look he had on the first day of Kindergarten; apprehensive, a little scared and excited for the new adventure all at once.
I was so glad to get the call fro him that night. I just wish that it had been a little longer. I knew this would be hard; but not this hard. My sister went through it when her son left for the Marines boot camp and Iraq. She has been a great support person for me the last few days. She said for as hard as it is for me, it's probably 100 times harder for him.
My husband has been great too. I know in his own way, he is feeling the same loss that I am; just not showing it outwardly. He was a great comfort (and still is). He has been really patient with my tears and sadness and I love him even more for that.
I know in my head my son is dong what is best for him, what he needs and wants; but my heart aches for the loss of his presence in the house and our every day lives. My hope and wish for him is a strong heart, a strong mind and the will to overcome everything that the will be putting him (and the others) through over the next few weeks. I have to settle for sending him hugs and encouragement in letters and cards and try not to say anything that will embarrass him if it gets read to the company (which I have been told by ex-Navy can and does happen). It happened to my nephew in the Marines.
Today was better than yesterday. I've only cried a dozen or so times today. :)
Thanks for letting me be part of the site and this thread.
Cameronsmom: My son left the same day and I had the same thought about his first day of Kindergarten...all I thought was where did the time go and when did he get so tall? I keep thinking I'm perfectly fine. relieved he is finally at BC and then I tell someone where is at and what he's doing and I start crying...it just sneaks up on me like crazy! Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Together We Are Stronger!
My son arrived at RTC on October 6th. Hoping to keep in touch with others who went the same time. Hope everyone is doing well.
If you guys have FB and you haven't checked this group out yet you may want to - US Navy Recruit Training Command. They post a lot of information, including pictures of graduations. It is really neat seeing pictures of graduations now knowing that it is going to be our sons and daughters in just 2 months.
I just got the box today, haven't checked the mail yet for the letter. He arrived in Illinois on the 6th so I didn't think I would get it so soon.