YES! YES! YES! Back in '06, my younger son was due to go to boot camp for Army cadets (at West Point) within weeks of graduating from high school. OMG! Talk about obnoxiousness. I couldn't wait for him to leave. He had the world figured out - thought his father was hopelessly old-fashioned and outdated and his mother grossly sentimental. Neither of which is true. Finally, one day I said to him, "What exactly is your problem?" He reply, "Mom, I don't want you to miss me too much, so I am helping you adjust to life without me." I was stunned & silent. When I recovered, I declared, "Son, consider us adjusted. Well adjusted. Now stop being an a$$hole."
Ahhh ........... such fond memories. Enjoy these days with your son. Feel free to tell him he no longer has to help you adjust to life without him. Tell him you have Navy For Moms. Additionally, HE might want to sign up for this website created by Craig strictly for deppers - NavyDEP.com
sdees3 - This is God's way of saying it's about time he leaves the nest. God does this to alot of 18yo males so they can go out and explore life for themselves. You just happen to be the "fall guy" right now. I'm actually surprised you said son, because it's usually the gals that have the attitudes. Just ride it through for the next month, and the Navy will wipe out that attitude thing. He will be begging for you to write him in boot camp.
In the mean time, you really need to read this book:
My Sailor is home on leave and though I love him dearly, I can relate to the above--too much "gear adrift" around here.
My son also leaves for boot camp in less than a month, although he doesn't act as though I am an inconvenience, he does make comments that I wouldn't expect from him. When I was talking to a friend about it she suggested that maybe it is his way of distancing himself prior to leaving. Maybe so but I don't like it.