My son leaves for bootcamp on Monday. He was originally scheduled for December 20th. Before Christmas, but close enough that we could have had an early Christmas and it would have felt like it. We were only told a couple weeks ago that they would be moving up the date and then only yesterday that it would be Monday. I keep crying like a little baby. It seems so silly because it isn't like he'll be gone forever. My husband and younger son think I'm silly for crying, but I can't seem to help myself. Are there any other mothers out there struggling with this?
They say it's empty nest, but I still have my younger son around. I guess I just worry how my older son will handle bootcamp. He made this choice all on his own and we support him completely and are extremely proud of him. He keeps counting down the days and telling me to see my reaction I think. I have tried not to cry around him even though he knows I will come Monday.
I would appreciate hearing from any mothers who have been there or are there now.
Hi my son is leaving next friday the 9th from Arizona to Navy bootcamp. I wonder if he knows your son. What recruit station did he have his meetings at? We live in Phoenix. Do you live in Phoenix.
SailorAiga - No, we live in Tucson so he went to the recruit station here. Are you planning to go to MEPS when he swears in? We went and it was the most amazing thing to see...so far! Mae me appreciate even more what my son is doing!
Yes on Friday we are planning to go to MEPS.
I am so glad we drove to Phoenix to see my son swear in. I was surprised that there wre only a few other families there, not many at all
I lived in Tucson for 7 yrs, my father was Air Force and stationed at the base there. Small world!
Hi mgmellie05! Have you gotten your letter yet? Do you kow what ship/Div your son is?
Our SR left today to BC, he called me earlier to tell me he arrived at the airport in IL. because he still had his cell phone. I'm waiting on the call that says he actually arrived in RTC. should be in about 2hrs. a Total of 5 SR's got sworn in this morning and it was awesome. Hope to hear from you soon. Take care,
It's perfectly natural for you to be emotional about this. You're the mom---you're entitled! It's a new stage of his life, and I think you know intuitively that it is a step toward adulthood, and there's no going back. Is he the oldest? That's a big milestone, whether he's the oldest, middle, or youngest.
My son left November 21st, and although he's been away from home before (he's 24), I know that the boy (man) I knew will not be the same, and I can't help wondering how he's going to handle boot camp, even though he was well-informed about what it was like. But I know that it's time for him to fly.
I guess all I'd say, is: it's okay for you to be emotional. Let yourself feel that way, and then maybe look forward to what will be, to how he's making his life better by looking toward his future. It's great that it's been his decision--it's the same for my son. I realize daily that I have to just have faith in the way we tried to raise him, and trust him to be strong. I am happy for him and did my best in front of him to show him that I had faith in him and knew he would do well. They need to have that show of faith and confidence.
After we dropped him off then I let myself cry a little! We will look forward to the graduation!~
Enjoy this last weekend with him, and don't wear yourself out cooking his favorite foods like I did! lol
Hi - My son leaves Monday 12/5 - his date was moved up as well!
My son leaves this Friday the 9th, i think i am feeling the same way like you. He is my only son and i have 2 younger daughters, but i know its for the best and he will do great! Staying positive.