My son leaves Feb 1 and I've known since July. I actually had to sign for him to join since he was a month shy of his 18th birthday. I was pretty upset at first but have warmed to the fact of him leaving. That's not to say I won't get upset when the day is actually here. He is quite confident with his decision which helps me. I couldn't be more proud of the young man that he has become and I'm excited for him to begin this journey.
We are planning a going away party as well and taking a few extra strides here at the holidays to spend good quality time with family. He actually has a bucket list of home cooked meals he wants before he leaves, which we are working on.
At this point, I'm worried most that he will get called to leave early so I'm trying to make the most of everyday and every conversation.
Hang in there and good luck!
Join the group DEP-Leavin' for Boot Camp in February to connect with others who have loved ones leaving around the same time and who may even train together. You may also want to join Boot Camp Mom's and PIR Reference Information. Another group to join, or at least check out the Pages and Discussions in, is New Members Stop Here. (Underlined words indicate clickable links.)