I so wish we would of driven to the Airport now. My Daughter was picked to make sure all the Recruits got to Chicago! Never even thought we could actually show up! In actuality She probably would of had us leave though. She would of been nervous about getting in trouble. They had a 4 hour layover in Seattle because of bad weather. Would of loved to have been able to spend that time with her.
Jana, you are probably right, your daughter would have most likely been nervous, especially if she was in charge of everyone. My son's plane was delayed in take off as well but we were able to talk on the phone. As it turned out, we also had to finish moving a daughter out of her apartment the day my son left, so we had to stay busy anyone. A good thing for me and something I need to get busy doing today as well.
If she were in charge, it would have been difficult for her to split her attention. Hard to be someone's baby and a leader simultaneously. Better for her that you weren't there, but not great for you!
She was panicked when they landed since they were so late. No fault of their own. The last call She made from the Airport was "I have to go nobody will answer the phone" She sounded stressed out! Ughh
What a blessing for you! So sad that some had to leave without their parents there.God Bless you and your husband for making a difference. Especially at one of the most difficult times. We were lucky to be able to stay at the same hotel the night before. Got to snuggle with my girl until 10pm. From our window I could see a family dropping off their Son in the parking lot. Watched the Dad wipe tears away when he walked away! I burst into tears and my Family just looked at me! Couldn't help it! We all shed tears after we walk away!
So were we! They got up at 3:30 on August 29th and were at MEPS by 5:30. We didn't get there until 8:30. Watched the final initiation into the Navy. They ate Quiznos then they were on their way. I didn't realize we parked in a Two hour lot at MEPS. We were there almost 4 hours. The man said he wouldn't have our car towed because he knew how hard this day was! Boy, was he ever right.
You never know how close your kids are until one of them leaves home! My 17yr old Daughter had a rough time. Seeing them both have a hard time was really tough!
So very normal feelings mama. My son (and only child) and I shared the same sense of humor and I loved our relationship so much. I felt such a loss when he shipped out. The relationship shifts and changes but the love between the two of you will remain the same. Allow the grief to be there, talk it out and in a few weeks you will see a young man who is proud of himself. It’s very hard at first when they leave but it does get better.