Hi, My son left on 9/30. my situation is a little different than your, he is my baby. Last to leave home. It was tough. It will get better. You should receive a call from your son very soon to let you know he made it to the training center and check in and is ok. he will only be able to tell you a few things. This is what they call the "scripted call". I just received the first call from him today and he is doing fine. Your son should be able to receive mail immediately once you have his address. Make sure that your letter are all positive. When I write to my son i tell him about whats been going on here (good things only) and when i close the letter i tell him that i love and miss him and that i am very proud of him. just remember that your your son needs positive reinforcement. Let him know that you miss him but your doing fine and not to worry. you will also be receiving his box of things he took with him when he left. It will be an emotional day too. Just remember that we are all here with you and support you.
jaime3693, I left info for you on your My Page.
I received the infamous "box" of his things.... very strange as a parent to have that arrive, and open it and see their clothes and the precious "life line" - cell phone. I am looking forward to receiving his letter, with high anticipation of his address so I can send my letters to him, and of course the PIR date! So many wonderful moments to look forward to - proud parent for sure!
When did your son arrive at GL. Mine arrived 10/8. I have not heard from his recruiter about his PIR date yet. No box yet. I sure do miss him the house is quite even though my daughter is still at home. Praying for all the recruits.
Wait on the form letter for the address and PIR date.
My daughters clothing was not folded either and she is a neat freak so im sure they were rushed
When I read your post it was like I had written it. I too have a home business and my son was a great help with it. I have 4 sons and he is the youngest and the only one to go into the military. He used to go with me grocery shopping and I have been avoiding going since he left the same day as your son.
I too find little things set off the tears. It's even had an effect on my business!
I know he will be fine but I still worry.
Maybe our sons will be shipmates
This site is helping me a lot even though I am finding it a little hard to get the answers I want since there are so many posts.
We will get through this I am sure!
Hello, My son left for BC in May and his PIR (graduation) was on 7/18. I felt EXACTLY like you are feeling. I remember the day he left and sitting there watching as he walked away. I kept it together in front of him but as I drove away I completely lost it. I was crying so hard I couldn't breath.
He had been home with me since graduation as well. I slept in his room. He was my friend and helper.
I did start writing him right away. In fact, I wrote him throughout the day on weekends and every evening during the week even though I didn't have his address yet. I wrote him about what was going on during the day, how I felt, kept him up to date on sporting events, etc. He is a huge basketball fan and the Warriors were in the playoffs so I would download articles from the internet and include them. I also sent a few small pictures.
He will need your support and your letters are a great inspiration to them. Hearing you tell him you believe in him, are proud of them, etc. is what helps get them through. My husband and his brother also wrote him. I would send him "miss you" cards and I also found some great military cards to send. He loved those!!!
I now understand that when our sons/daughters join the military that they do sacrifice so much, however, so do we as mothers.
I had to take an extra day off work after he left because I just sat on the couch and cried. I went to the grocery store where I would always buy fish for him for dinner...something he loved...and I broke out into tears and sat in the isle and sobbed.
I don't know if they told you but you will get "the box" which will contain the clothes he left with. This will bring another flood of emotions. I found that watching the videos of what goes on at boot camp was very helpful. I think it helps to know what they are doing and going through. It is the unknown that is the worst.
Take care and Navy hugs!
I received calling cards for my son, through this site somehow. I'm not sure what exact page, now. Its been a while. However I did receive a couple extra and told my son to please share them with a fellow recruit should someone need to call home and cant. I do hope (and pray) our boys bump into one another, my son will share. (I'm still trying to figure out the calling...if/when they are given time.) He's a giving person. Chin up, it will be alright. :o)