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**UPDATE 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

**UPDATE as of 11/10/2022 PIR vaccination is no longer required.

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Well today has been the hardest day by far for me.  I feel so sad and depressed.  I would give anything to have my son walk through the door and say "Hi Mom" or go into his room and see him playing a video game. I really hope I get a letter soon.  I knew it would be hard on him but this seperation anxiety that I feel is pretty bad too. I know I should be staying strong for him and thinking positive thoughts and I am trying my hardest but today is just really hard. Any suggestions on how to stay on the positive side of things?

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I know how you feel kristie. My hardest day so far was this past Sunday. I don't know why, but I cried and sobbed a good part of the day. So much that I had a splitting headache from it. I know my son is ok, but like you, it's the being separated that is so hard. I just keep thinking about how proud I am of him and the man he is turning into and I imagine seeing him at PIR and I look at the countdown that is at the top of this page.
I know, I can't wait to see my sailor. I would never wish anything for him that he didn't want so I will try and stay focused on his goals and keep my head up. Thanks for the support.
Kristie, we all feel ur pain but remember (I know your like me) I raised my son to pursue his dreams and to make a difference in this world and that is what our sons and daughters are doing. So when you think about him, just know his making a difference and that makes me smile every time I want to cry. I hope this helps.
Hi Kristie:  You will be fine.  Focus on things about your son that make you smile or even laugh a little.  A favorite saying or something he did that made you laugh.  That's what I do.  I walk into my SR's bedroom and see it pretty much trashed and I smile and say, "yep, that's my girl"!  Think about how wonderful it will be when you are together again.  I agree the separation is hard. The feelings would be the same if our SR's were away at college or moved away for a job.  Granted they could call more often, but no guarantee they would.  My daughter is fiercely independent, which is how she was raised.  At the same time I was raising this independent girl, I was trying my best not to loosen the apron strings.  Kind of like a "conflict of interests" sort of thing.  Wanting to let go and hang on all at the same time. Then, I realized a big part of my job was done.  The lessons have been taught.  The values are in place.  Now we have to sit back and watch as they spread their wings.  This what we raised them to do. Just think about the type of person your son was before he enlisted and I'll bet you'll be thinking "yep, I did good".  Now take your son and try to imagine him as the person he is becoming now.  Pretty incredible, isn't it!  Feel good about what you've accomplished and proud of what he is accomplishing.  Each day that passes, is one day closer to PIR!

What I did today because there was no mail from him. I  went to this web page. Read the day to day just to feel close. Ended up laughing a little. Then after work went to the store and bought 7 hallmark cards up beat ones to send out. This made me feel better.

@ jams mom. Do you know what day they are on? It should be 2-2 right? Does your SR grad Dec 2 too?

Yes my SR grad Dec 2 too. I thought someone said 3-2 . They figured it out.

I tried to figure it out from what I see it may be 3-1



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