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Three weeks til boot. I shed tears every day on the way to work. I don't know how people survive this heartache. :(

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when do u leave?
oh no, not son. :(

shelly - Has you son been researching Depper forum websites so he is prepared?  Those that have done their research do a heck of alot better that those that don't....

Secondly, being a mom, you have the right to be sad.  But understand, your son is on a journey that will make him and you proud.  You will give the Navy your boy, and in 8 short weeks they will return to you a man.  Your sadness will soon turn to pride...  Guaranteed! 

I always liked this video....



thank you for the video,,I was getting very tired of reading moms comments about how sad they are and how they miss their child not because i dont understand because i do i have sent 2 of my sons to the Navy one has retired and the other has just become a chief warrant officer and i like a lot of other moms did it without navy for moms support.  your son or daughter made a decision you raised that child to be an adult and to make tough decisions and i know you didnt expect them to live with you all their lives but to venture out spread their wings and fly that is what we do as moms that is our job.  boot camp is a teaching time not just for the recruit but for the mom to learn to let go and take pride not only in what your child is doing but in the fact that you raised a strong adult that can make hard decisions and that want to grow and challenge the world and to protect it. God Bless them all.

Sorry, Annie. I was under the impression that this was the place to express our sadness. I didn't realize it would be tiresome to some people. I have been very supportive with my son, kept a smile, a positive attitude, expressed to him how proud I am, how excited I am for him. I do realize all that you said. But there is also the side that is grieving. I'm pretty sure it's a natural, normal reaction under the circumstances. Crazy mix of emotion involved here, sometimes it is very difficult.
That may be the most beautiful and moving thing I have ever seen. Thank you. My son is actually joining the Navy as a Corpsman. Every day for the past week I have been tearing up during my commute to work. Today was different. Today I felt happy and excited for the journey my son is about to take, for all the experiences he will get to have. And I am happy and proud to have raised a child who wants to do this, who is looking forward to doing something with his life that HE can be proud of. I am focusing now on how excited I am to meet the man he becomes on the other side of it. I'm sure I will still be crying, but the sadness is pure selfishness. I am grieving the "loss" of my boy, I will feel the emptiness of my life without his presence every day, but we are very close, and I have supported him through this every step of the way, and I am already so proud of him. Today was a good day. The ups and downs of the roller coaster. Thanks again, Craig for that video. Makes the sadness seem very small in comparison.


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