In just two, very short days my stepson, Thad will be swearing in with the U.S. Navy! He will soon thereafter be entering in the schooling for the nuke program. I’m so excited for him, the opportunities knocking at his door, the experiences that await him and the journey that lies ahead. He will leave here a boy and return a man, a man that I proudly call my bonus son! He truly is a bonus in my life. I am very fortunate to such a wonderful bond with him.
As I sit here at my keyboard I reflect on the years past. Thad was 9 when he came into my life, my how the years have flown by. I have been blessed to watch him grow into the person he is today. I watched him as he pondered the life decision to serve our country or go off to college. I’ll never forget the day he asked what I thought he should do, I told him, it was his life, his future, and he would have to be the one to live each of his days, so he should do what he feels in his heart. I assured him I would be proud of him, love him and support him regardless of the path he chose. On his, own accord his chose the honor of serving our county!!! Who couldn't be proud of that?!
So here we are two days away from his departure to Great Lakes Naval Training Academy. I’m sure going to miss him and I know I’ll cry at his swearing in, but I couldn't be any prouder of him! He decided alone what road he wanted to travel through life and he’s doing it! His drive, determination and his zest for life with fill him with amazing memories along the way and I get to be a part of this. I am truly blessed! I look forward to the phone calls home, emails, face time and leave. I cannot wait for the first time he gets to come home! The stories he will have to tell, the excitement in his voice and the smile in his eyes.
Godspeed my dear sweet Thad and go knowing you have all the love and support right here at home. <3