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My son left yesterday, Aug 13 - I'm surprised at my emotions.

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!  ;-)

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I’m having a better night too :) Our son called about 1am that night. (Tuesday night/Wed am).  I was a mess after the call.  I agree with you; videos, information, and connecting with others has been a great help.  Thank you for responding. I hope things continue to get better and you will hear your son is doing well soon.  I wonder if we will all be at the same PIR ceremony if our Sailors shipped on the same date? 

I would think so. If they pass all the tests and dont get set back. I've just sent him a text message knowing his phone is in a box. Did make me feel good :) hang in there. Maybe tomorrow will be good too.

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. 

My son left 8/1 I just get the phone call and I just hear his last word I love you and I miss you ;( is been two week since he left and still crying and praying for him I k le he will end this but for me is hurt it hurt me deep my first boy never get separes each another and now the moment happen I hope this time pass soon I miss my boy
I know it is so hard Sandra. I am hoping it passes soon too. Hang in there. I guess us mommas just have to keep praying and sticking together.

Gosh and I thought I was the only one being so sad.  I cry literally about anything.  My son also shipped on 8/13/19.  Got the 25 sec call about 8pm CDT and surprisingly my son sounded upbeat.  I know with him in the DEP's program that it would be hard, but it is much harder than I had anticipated.  I am actually looking forward to his box and form letter.  I can't wait to start counting down the days until PIR.

Just feeling thankful for this site.  I have been so curious about what is happening on a day to day basis.  I am starting to feel a little relief to think he might have finally gotten a little sleep.  It will be so nice in 3 weeks or so to hear his voice again.  I want to hear his excitement for passing the first hurdle of boot camp.  Then maybe I will get some sleep.  For now every time I wake up I just continually pray for strength, courage and bravery.

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:

USPS Informed Delivery

Hang in there!

Thank you...is it weird that I am excited to get home as my daughter just said his "box" came today?  

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.

I cried opening the box. Seeing all his clothes that I shipped him off in was bittersweet. This group is amazing and so happy to have the support,

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.

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