Charlie's petty officer told us the 4th, when I had Charlie double check, he actually was going to go to Denver on the 3rd and then ship out the evening of the 4th (today). Just got a call from him at the Chicago airport about an hour ago. Guess they had about an hour wait at the airport, and then a 45 minute bus ride to the base. Just feels so strange knowing I won't see him for a couple of months. On top of it we got bad news about his grandfather. My husband's dad was diagnosed in January with cancer, has gone through radiation and chemo, and the test results they got yesterday show that the cancer is still there, and they can't do do any more chemo or radiation. His heart is not well enough to handle it. They are in Florida and we are hoping to get them back here in the next month, where their main home is. I am asking everyone to keep it quiet about the diagnose and I am hoping he doesn't remember that they were supposed to find out yesterday. I just don't think he needs to have that to worry about on top of everything else.
Enjoy the little bit of time you have with Luke before he ships out. Was reading on here that some mom's stick little notes in their kids wallets. That sounds like a good idea, like a little surprise for them. Just a nice little idea.
My son left MEPS yesterday. I was doing "Ok?" until one of the guys in uniform asked if I was OK. I started to loose my grip. I had such a mixture of pride and sorrow. My son had listened to his Chief and had volunteered to be the guy in charge of getting all on the bus. I watched him alert the bus driver that all were not there. I will miss him very much and going into his room is very difficult now. But I know he is excited and this will make a great change in his future.
Last night he called a couple times during the transportation part of the trip. But when he went to get on the bus he let me know this would be it till I got the OK call. I was a sleep but was awakened at 2:00. Then about ten minutes later the call came. I could tell he was trying to say exactly the right thing. You could hear others saying the same thing. It seemed like he was being watched. But I just listened and then I when I asked if he was ok, his reply was less stressed and quite enthusiastic "yes" I was able to go back to sleep. He made this choice, and although he was not looking forward to boot camp, he was prepared for it. I miss my baby, but he was going to grow up anyway. This is just so abrupt and I feel so cut off. I can do this. I have been through worse. It's just an emotional time. He is the youngest, so it's really quiet here. Must be time to plan a trip.
Good luck ladies. We will get through this. Atleast it's not the Marines or Army.
I hear you! I miss mine too, and he only left this morning. I feel so cut off too. About how long before you got the OK call after he left that day?
well i can honestly say that it will be sad to watch him leave, however he will be a changed person when he gets out , for the better i mean , the best thing you can do is write him and give him support it will be hard at first but then it will get easier, time will eventually fly by . it may not seem like it now but you are almost there at the end , keep your head up and just give him positive things in the letter , he does however need to know that you are still there and standing by him ever step of the way ,
Hi, My son left this morning for Boot in the Great Lakes. Will I get a phone call from him letting me know he is there and ok? I can't find the answer anywhere so if I am missing it, I do apologize for the redundancy. Thank you so much!
Shelly (aka Talon'sMom)
Thank you so much!