We have had a long journey to get to this date. It finally came. He swore in around 10:30 am. We had about 5 minutes with him, then they went inside to get some paperwork buttoned up and then bus to Chicago.
I knew it would be hard, but I can't seem to pull myself together. It's not like me to cry in the first place, so this is really something.
I keep thinking about the things I imagine him dealing with and feel like I need to somehow suffer with him through it. He is very prepared and ready, but still, I think about that moment he pulled up to the training center, the moments of chaos and confusion around, the yelling and unknown expectations. For some reason, those are things that are griping my heart.
We received our phone call around 12:30 am. It was very brief and scripted. He sounded calm and just like my boy, but all business. I tried to respond and say I love you, hang in there, but it was already silent on the other end before I could even speak. I've sobbed almost like I'm grieving and I don't understand it really. He is excited and this is a dream of his since childhood. I guess the pride I feel is part of the overwhelming emotion.
I keep thinking, maybe I'll feel better tomorrow once I am imagining that he finally gets to sleep some. Yet....what do I know about what is going on there/?? nothing really. lol! ( Just all the stuff we have read and seen, and that may or may not be accurate.)
I guess I am writing for two reasons - One is to ask you mom's if you were caught off guard by your intensity of emotions? and Two - to say to anyone else that 'might' read it, you are not alone if you happen to find yourself this way. I have no idea what is normal. I just hope it can pass soon.
I am strong in my Christian faith, and have prayed for my son all his life, I would love to say that I am so filled with trust and faith that I have no fear, however...I've prayed so much for him the past few hours that I feel like God might be wishing I would move on to another subject. ;-) (ha!) .
oh, and....I have a new love and passion for all things NAVY! ;-)
Debra701, my son also shipped on 8/13 and it has been hard. Like you this board has been extremely helpful. I love the information that is on here. Boot camp has changed since my husband and I went through about 22 years ago. I am so nervous for him.
Donna - all normal feelings! Be sure to join the boot camp group - I left the link in the welcome message on your page. You'll find answers to most of your questions there. And once you receive the official letter (9-14 business days) you'll be able to join the PIR group for your son.
You might also want to sign up for USPS Informed Delivery to see what mail you have coming each day. Here's the link:
Hang in there!
Haha - not weird at all!
We are out of town and I missed his box today. My husband had to travel for work beginning the day our son left. We decided I would go with him so I wasn't home alone. I had NO idea the box would come so soon and we missed the delivery today. I'm just sick about it. Someone went over to our house and signed the slip to leave it in case FED EX returns tomorrow. ughhhh......i could cry again.
Same here, Donna. Praying so much that I just can't even think of the words to pray anymore. lol! Isn't this crazy??? It is so hard to cope with. I will say, today is better, but i'm still thinking constantly about my son and wishing I could text him or just know a schedule of what he is doing each hour. It is very difficult to let go of them in this abrupt way.
Thank you! I wonder if Sunday (today) was their P-5 day or if Sunday is no processing making Monday P-5 ? (for those that arrived late Tuesday night). Just thinking out loud. I'm always thinking about what they might be doing every minute . lol!
My son shipped the day before , but maybe they are in the same group. when I was lucky enough to talk to him to help him with some security questions, he said that the form letters had all been filled in and would be sent once they passed... that was on Monday P-5 for my son. He arrived Monday 12th
hi Donna816 When I spoke to him briefly he said PIR was 10/11, but I have not received form letter yet . That was the day of their PT testing , so hopefully everything went ok with that and we will receive the letter soon. I have about 10 letters to mail to him . I cannot wait.
I will let you know when I have heard from him.
What I do now if that they were told they can only invite 3 people to PIR which has him completely stressing. He is so torn , because he does not want to choose between his brother who he is extremely close to and his girlfriend of 3 years .. so hard !!!
When did you get your letter?