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It’s only been 3 days and I’m still a mess :( Tell me this will pass soon.....I’m sure he’s ok, but I’m for sure not :(

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Hi Tracey  did your get your sons box in today?  Mine just arrived

Yes, I got it today and it was the hardest thing. Sound weird, but I smelled his clothes cuz they reminded me of him. I can’t wait to see him again!!!
I personally was a mess until my daughter called at exactly 3 wks 1 day. After that call I felt like I was alive & could breathe again (I still cry but I can function now lol). I highly recommend writing when you have something you want to say to your son even if it's silly, print pics to send & maybe send comics from the newspaper (my daughter loved getting them). Before you know it, you'll be on your way to graduation.
Mine flew out to RTC 8-6. I feel your pain momma!! I'm also a mess. Just wish he was back home so I know for certain he's ok.

sjmom - it's hard, not going to lie, but you'll be fine.  I just think to myself, it's the circle of life.  I know, doesn't help much, but it's true.  Nothing stays the same will conquer this journey in your life.  It's so spectacular to see your son achieve their dreams.  I'm always so excited to talk to our son who is now stationed in San Diego - he is totally loving the Navy Life.  And I get filled up with happiness after our calls.  Hang in there.   We are here for you. 

I appreciate all you ladies so much! No one knows what this is like unless you’re actually going through it, and I’m glad I have this group to get me through it! Thank you all! :)
I'm With you ladies. Only 3 days for me also. Keeping myself busy working during the day but having a hard time at night!

Well yesterday was the first day I didn’t cry, so I guess I’m making some progress? Lol 

How are you feeling Tracey? I hope better.

Awww, thank you for asking, that’s so nice. I’m actually doing better. I still have moments here and there, but definitely a lot better! I still miss him like crazy, but I’m counting down the days till I get to see him again :) 

Tracey, it WILL get better!  Trust me!  My son has been gone since July 9.  The first couple weeks of radio silence were the worst.  But once we got his form letter, it was such a relief to know exactly where he was and begin sending letters.  And then after we got his first letters and  "real" phone call, wow...hearing his voice made me feel so much better. 

He must be strong now so you shall be stronger. 

I think one of the veteran navy moms on here said it best:  "It doesn't get easier.  You just get tougher."  But honestly, the separation feels easier as you get used to it.  Big HUGS to you.  You got this, mama!

Thank you for the kind words :) It has gotten a little easier, but I’m looking forward to a phone call and letters. That’s when I think I’ll really be ok (as much as I can be) lol. 


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