We are in Week 5 right now of boot camp. I haven't really posted in the blogs since my first one after he left for bootcamp. So it has been a few weeks...lol...in those weeks, we have received our first letters, which were hard because he was struggling and he was so tired and homesick. To the first phone call, where we were able to talk to him for 20 whole minutes. He sounded so good..."Hi Ma'am its me James" brought tears to my eyes. He sounded so grown up and all I could picture is my head is the little boy who was so proud when on his 8th birthday he got a pair of combat boots just like mom and dad wore, and my mom took a picture of him saluting. Then a letter telling me how it was getting easier and that he had a couple of recruit mates and they were helping each other survive. One of them loves history just as much as he does and the other one is from Kansas a rural boy just like him.
I have seen such growth in him these last few weeks. It has been amazing to see him and his division grow. They still have those few who just do not seem to get it that they need to be on time but my son tells me that they are working on them. We got to talk to him this last sunday it was not has long as the first phone call but we will take what we can get. He said he has pink eye and chest cold and that hinder him when he did his PFA but not to worry that he is still meeting his goals and that he will pass he final PFA. I guess pink eye and the chest colds are going around.
He was excited for this week because it is firefighting and it was going to be hands on. I hope that it was all he wanted it to be. I do have to say I have been in the Navy, been a navy wife but being a Navy Mom is the harder of the three for me so far. It has given me a better understanding and more respect for my parents who went through this with me, and they did it in the 90's where we didn't get to call as much. My mother has been a blessing during this time, even reminding me here and there that this is what I went through when I went through boot camp. If I could do it so can he.
I hope all of you and your SR are doing well and meeting their goals.