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Our second son to join the Navy arrived in Great Lakes today.  Anyone else out there with the same situation?  Thanks!

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Getting "the box" was the worst part of boot camp. Thank goodness my son had warned me about "the box". My husband reminded me that this was just a normal part of the boot camp experience. He turned it into a beautiful thing. He told me it was symbolic of my son leaving the boy behind (baggy jeans, tennis shoes, surf shirt) and becoming a man in uniform. He was right!! When I finally was able to open the box, I hugged the clothes and loved being able to smell my son again.

Joining the Navy was the BEST decision my son ever made. He has definitely become and man. A man full of honor, respect and self dignity.

He is proudly serving in Afghanistan today. We are experiencing many of the same things as when he was in boot contact, uncertainty of what is to come and pain from separation. But I know, as you should know, there are better days ahead!! Go Navy!!!
Dear Happy Weather's Girl,
That is great to hear! Our son's letter wasn't as "warm and fuzzy" as a Mom would like to get. He only had 3 lines, and only mentioned that it wasn't like home!
thanks for your encouragement!
Dear Brenda,

I know what you mean about the letter not being "warm and fuzzy". You will hear all the great stories after he graduates. My son said by the time they were able to write letters they were so exhausted that all they wanted to do was sleep. He could only write a letter right before "lights out" or he would get up extra you can see why they are so brief. Trust me, your son is missing home and missing his mom more than EVER but he is being told that he is a man and he don't need his momma. They told them "if they needed a momma, a girlfriend or wife then the Navy would have issued them one in their sea bag".

My son is my youngest child and I have always and continue to call him my baby. Immediately after bootcamp he said, "Mom, I not a baby, I am a man". I was so proud but immediately said, "Well man". However...his first words to me when he called from Afghanistan was, "Hey Momma, this is your baby boy." Words can not express my joy!!!

Hang in there. That first sight on him on graduation day will be the second best feeling in the world...right behind the best feeling...the first time he wraps those arms around you and squeezes the breath out of you!!!
Thanks for all the encouragment. My son is by baby too. I did get the box of clothes and the letter followed two days later. Very short but I was happy to get what I got. Graduation is May 21st. Any suggestion as of what to bring for my sailor, or what to expect???
Nice post. The last sentence brought tears to my eyes.
Wow, happy. Thank you for raising such a fine young man! Your post touched my heart. Especially the part where you hugged your son's clothes and smelled them. I didn't get any clothes in my box! LOL. I'd like to hug them and smell them, but all I got was an empty backpack, his orders and his cell phone. I suspect he threw them out as he dropped so much weight the last few months they no longer fit well. Obviously, he didn't think about his parents. Ha-ha... Normal I suppose.
My son arrived 3/24 also, got his box Tue. but no letter yet. Maybe today? He is in ship 14, div. 192. Anybody out there have a son in that division?
Hi Gloria! My husband is in that division. We have a topic going here If you want to jump over and join in we'd love to have you. We're trying to find as many people as possible who are in the same division as our boys!!
Traci, where has our site gone? I can't find it.
My son is on ship 4 div 812. Anybody elso out there in the same div and boat? Would like to start a group discussion.
Hi Nan I'm Carrie and I have a son in the same division. I already started a forum for out division so come on over to it.
Hello, our son is in ship 4, div 811. Anyone else in this boat and div.?
thanks, Brenda


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