I like the count Fridays advice! My son left this Thursday, May 9. So Friday was his Day #1. My first Friday without him, and 8 more to go until we see him graduate. Hopefully. Assuming no delays. This is hard. Glad there are others who are with us, and been there before. Great words from a man at MEPs, "Thousands of other young men have done this before, it's tough, it's life changing, it's a military rite of passage, and he can do this." Yes, he can.
My boyfriend also arrived on April 8th. It's only been four days but it feels like forever. He called 3:30 pm Hawaii time, you could already tell that what he was saying was scripted. Even if I didn't watch all those boot camp videos prior to him leaving, it was obvious. Anyways, just waiting for his box of things. This website is helping me get through the weeks (not the constant "it'll fly by") knowing that there are other people out there going through the same thing. ♡
Hey y’all...my son arrived Tuesday at GL and I received my 10 second call that evening. We got his box yesterday. This week was hard on me since he’s my first born but it really hit my 8 year old daughter last night when we got home. She’s been at my sisters house all week because I have training in Phoenix during the week. We can’t wait to get our letter so we can write to him.
Good Sunday morning, fellow Navy families. I’m so glad to “meet” you all. Sometimes just hearing that there is someone else going through what you are going through helps. This week my son’s box of personal items arrived. It’s the little things like seeing his printing of our address on the box that make me smile. Just waiting for the letter with his address and graduation date. Writing letters and planning our trip will help these next few weeks pass quickly. I hope you all endured this first week apart from your loved one. It has been rough, but just knowing they are working their way toward the goal they have before them is a great feeling.
Anyone receive the form letter yet? If so please share to give hope for those of us who are still waiting!!! :) My son arrived 4/8 and the wait continues - we are 16 days in! I know no news is good news, but that form letter sure would help my anxiety!
I'm still processing my emotions, missing my SR. He turned 18 and was ready to go. Cleaned up his room last night, boxing up clothes, etc. Does it get any easier? I think I need the "empty nester's" group now!
Hi SuzyPWarrior - here's the link to the Emptynesters group - come on over and join us:
SuzyPWarrior - my son was also anxious to leave the nest. He’s also 18yrs old and I didn’t realize I wasn’t ready for it until he left to bc about 3 wks ago but it’s just a normal part of growing up and it’s healthy. It’s just hard on us moms. We gave our son the best of ourselves and it’s their time to explore the world. Try to focus on what an awesome kid you have and remind yourself that this is an experience of a lifetime. He needs this and it’s time. Let’s give them the opportunity to spread their wings and fly, and in the meantime we follow them with our prayers. My emotions have been a roller coaster ride and my thoughts have traveled to that depressing place of what if. But I encourage each mom to remind yourselves that this is an adventure of a lifetime that will do them more good than harm. When we love deeply, as a mom, it’s a painful transition but if it’s something good for them then we’re willing to undergo the painful separation to see them floriish.
Ladies, it’s just part of the process and I do believe it gets better from here. Hold on a bit tight and let’s be patient especially with the admin moms and sarge (meet & greet sign up) because they’re really here to help and they’re doing the best they can. They don’t have to do it but they do. Be blessed everyone!