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I wanted to pass on part of a discussion I had last night. The
discussion was about my son, Chris, being at bootcamp. Some of the moms
there could not understand how i was dealing with him being away. They
expected me to miss him so horribly, and to be so worried about him. No,
I don't horribly miss Chris, yeah, i miss him, just not like when my
husband was deployed. I explained it to them like this, and maybe it
will help some of you with your missing of your child. ( let me say
there is nothing wrong with missing them).

I guess i have an advantage, Chris went to a 2 week Sea cadets boot camp
( same deal as out guys are going through now almost) when he was 15.
After HS, Chris went to college on an Navy ROTC scholasrship, but
decided after the first years, he did not want to be an officer. So he
was gone at college for a year also. ( he did come home every weekend
for that year though, he was 100 miles away). So , maybe i do have an
advantage some, but still.

Chris, is moving on in his life. He is a grown man, 20 years old. He
made a decision, and he is sticking to it. I am so proud of him, for
choosing to defend his country, to serve the USA. I must have raised him
well, for him to choose this path in life. We cleaned his room out
before he shipped off. Put all his things in boxes, threw out probably
10 large trash bags of junk and trash. emptied his dressers, took down
posters, and his "nick-nacks" and packed them away. This was now, the
guest room. I know, he will always have a place to live. If he visits
us, ( and he better) that room will be his. For the next 6 years, i can
only hope to see him on holidays, special weekends, ect.
I am PROUD of my son. and I want him to succeed in life. I won't be
there to speak up for him when he looks flushed and needs water. When he
gets a stain on his uniform, he has to get it out himself. I hope i
have taught him enough about these things, or has the balls to ask
someone around him.

My job, is done. Chris is a grown man who has chosen a life path that is
honorable and respectable. I will always be there for him, what ever he
needs, but now, he has to come to me, and i will always be there.

i guess i do not miss him horribly, is because pride has filled me. I
jump up and down and squeal like a school girl when he calls or i get a
letter. I can't wait to hear about what he is doing.

I know the navy WILL take care of him in so many ways. Food, shelter,
clothing, medical and dental care, moral. I am SO proud!

my words are not meant to do ANYTHING but give all of us hope, and
remind us of how proud we are.

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I couldn't agree more. It's in their best interest for us to let go and let them grow. We've done our jobs and now we
should just enjoy the results: Fine young Sailors. There are times when I would call my son when he was in college.
I've told him I won't call him now. I don't want to intrupt anything. I told him he can call me when he wants to talk to
me. I think it's healthy for them to be on their own and to make their own decision. Sometimes it feels kind of lonely
but I'm adjusting as well. I'm very proud of my son and wish him all the best in his career in the Navy.
Roqufort & Sara - Very well said! I agree also.
I'm going to print both your excerpts and tack them to my fridge! I want to be reminded to let him move on and that I have to wait for him to call home. It really is the best course for us to take to help our sailors succeed. Thanks!
I really like reading what you wrote. Most of the time I am also filled with pride in his choice to be a navy man. And I am also patting myself on the back that i rasied a son who made this choice. Sometimes i get a bit weaker and get more filled with concern that he is doing ok in BC. I know it is harder than anything he has ever done. But I also know that it will bring out the best in him, and that he chose to go so must have been ready to go. HE was my first to go, but the other two are close behind. I've been a solo parent, and we have faced challenges that required lots from me. So now I have some of my own personal BC moments where I need to develop a new fulfilling life. So my son's schoice to be so honorable and hard working inspires me when I get a little down about all of these changes. Thanks again for your strong words, Mary
I feel the same way. You said it so well. I feel so proud of the decision my son made and am so grateful to all the sons and daughters who have decided to commit to serving our Country. May God Bless them All
Here! Here! I have read so many comments from mom's who want to jump into the fray everytime their son or daughter hits a bump in the road. That time for us is past. Our baby's are grown up and it's time for them to stand up on their own two feet. That doesn't mean I won't help my son when he needs it and asks for it but I have faith that he can handle most situations on his own. He has been making very good, mature decisions in the past 2 years and I am very proud of him and what he has accomplished thus far. I know that I will not be able to see him as often as I have in the past, I just wish he was a little more willing to call or text a little more frequently.

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