Hi fellow Michiganders. I have a SR at GL in Week 3/Day 1. I am sure most of you here are seasoned veterans who rarely check in but I was hoping to find the few strays that can relate or share their early experiences with my husband and I. My daughter is our baby, the youngest with 3 older brothers and the only to chose a military career. Our nest went from full to empty all in the same week, with our son moving out as well. So, we have had to find our bearings on many levels. The biggest adjustment has been the lack of communication from our daughter and the little knowledge we have with what is happening in her life on a day to day level. Well...I have rambled enough. Anyone out there???
Yep, that's what happens in Boot Camp. The only time our Sailor called was the week of graduation and I wasn't home. You write letters - lots of them. Don't send a box of goodies - they probably won't get to have it. Go to PIR and bring tissues. I know if it's tough not hearing from them, but it does show you what it's going to like when they go on deployment. You don't hear from them for long stretches of time. And this time in Boot Camp is what every recruit needs to become a Sailor. But PIR is wonderful! You will notice a HUGE change in your daughter, so respectful or more if she was already. More reserved and boy, do they look fabulous in uniform! You'll get through this. The reward is worth it.
Take heart and know that she misses you just as much as you miss her! Write to her every day. My son (who told me when he left not to write every day and I did anyway) said that getting those letters meant everything to him. He said that at night was the hardest because that's the only time they had down time. She is learning the finer art of listening, cleaning, folding laundry (the attached is my son right before a big inspection-the base photographer was taking pics for FB), becoming stronger physically and mentally, and, if she didn't already know it, the importance of having her family behind her. I was blessed that my son's Division got to make four phone calls during boot camp. I pray your daughter's Division will earn calls as well. I highly recommend going to Sarge's meet and greet the night before graduation. You will sit with the other Division member's families and it's just a good time. I also recommend the Great Lakes Naval Lodge. It's clean, the staff is very friendly, cheap and offers breakfast. They also have a shuttle available for graduation that drops you right off at the gate. And sit upstairs for graduation-that's the best view. Don't forget to enjoy your empty nest - treat yourselves to a weekend away or a nice vacation!
You're welcome. You aren't crazy. Our son is the oldest of our 2 and just as anything else - we went through all the "firsts" with him. First one to leave the house. Even though he was in the DEP program during his senior yr., I sobbed as I watched him get on the bus in Lansing to go to GL, but when he turned around as he got on that bus with the biggest smile on his face and waved goodbye, I knew we had done our job as parents - he was ready to leave and start his own life. He is getting out in July after 7 years. I couldn't be more proud. He got his bachelor's degree while in, served in 4 deployments and he has a plan afterwards. Makes a Mom smile.