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SHIP 3 DIV 116, Still Cry everyday...He left Feb 13th; Graduation April 13, 2012

SHIP 3 DIV 116; My son left for boot camp 2 weeks ago Sunday. I think it was the hardest thing I have ever had to go through. Dropping him off at his recruiters and hugging him goodbye was like knife through my heart. I cried all the way home and everyday since he left. I received a phone call the next night that he landed in Chicago and that he was using a friends phone that he made it there safe and had to go.   Then I rec'd first of three phone calls that we will receive; Friday the 18th of Feb exactly 2 weeks after he left. He was quite Robotic. Although I asked questions and the call was only 10-15 seconds...he repeated himself "Hello Mom, its Brian, called to tell you I am doing ok, all is fine and I will be getting something in the mail soon. Last thing he said was " I LOVE YOU". My heart fell as we hung up. Telling him I love him too. I rec'd a box week one with all his clothes in it he wore to Boot Camp down to his underwear. In the bottom of his box was a copy of all his enlistment papers too. It fell like the another knife through my heart. Like a death..smelling my son and holding his clothes he wore. Not knowing what to expect a knowing he will never be my boy, my baby boy again. He will grow and become a respectful, honorable, young man. I am so proud yet hurt so much. He graduates APRIL 13, 2012. His name is Brian.

I raised Brian as a single mom and my dad and brother have been his masculine mentors in his life. I know Brian needed and wanted this to assist him in becoming the man he needs to be. Myself, my dad, brother and his 13 yr old brother will be attending his graduation. I can't wait. Flight booked, car rented, hotel booked...I will be spending all that money for a few hours of my sons time. Then off to "A" school where ever they send him next. When he gets out of the Navy I will be alot older, his grandfather probably will not be here, (sickly), and well his little brother of 13 will too become a young man of 17-18 when Brian gets out of the Navy. Wow, how life will have changed...I don't know if Brian really knew what he was getting himself into, but I will pray, be there for him, and love and be proud of his offering of his service/life to the US Navy. I am so proud of him. Words cannot express........I salute my son...for his choice has been a great one!

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Comment by Kim on February 29, 2012 at 2:52am

My son leaves in 12 days for boot camp. I have cried many tears already. I raised both my boys alone, so I am very close to them. This is my baby leaving. My oldest son is in Pensicola florida for A school. I did not have a real hard time with him leaving because he was in collage and I did not see him often. Don't get me wrong I love both my kids very much. I deal with depression and anxiety boy has the anxiety been high for the past month. I am very afraid I will fall into a depression when he leaves. My husband of 7 years is a chief in the navy you would think a person would get use to all this leaving, but we don't. My husband and I are going to Yakuso ( I know that is spelt wrong) and I don't want to go. We will be there for 3 to 4 years and my husband will be on a ship that will be out to sea most of the time. Anyway is there a way we can prepare for when our children leave the nest. I know he will be taken care of in boot camp. I am very afraid I will not get over him leaving.

Comment by BunkerQB on February 29, 2012 at 3:36am

                   PIR: April 13, 2012           TG 22 -  10 Divisions (115–122, 810 & 922)

                   PIR: April 6, 2012            TG 21 - 07 Divisions (109–114 & 921)

click on the PIR:April 13, 2012 - this is a link to the Navy For Moms group for members with sailor recruits graduating from bootcamp on 4/13/2012 in divisions 115-122,810 & 922. When the page opens up, click +JOIN.

Comment by LA-BriansMom (Ship 3 Div 116) on February 29, 2012 at 9:39am

Dear Kim, no there is no way to prepare...we all have our crosses to bare. Lost my mom in Sept unexpected and my dad now lives with me 76 yrs old.and he had triple by pass in December, who is still recovering,.and I am very close to Brian as well and now he is gone. He is my first born an as I stated I have been his mom and is very difficult. For sure harder on us then them. Only advice I could give is, 1st, I would pray every day and night, I would keep busy, get a job or put yourself in your work..keep busy...and get professional help in talking it out. Plus talk to friends your trust...and who would listen to you not judge. One thing for sure is this site is great...Thanks whoever created it! Take care Kim! I will keep you in my prayers too!

Comment by Darlene on February 29, 2012 at 9:23pm

I am a new navy mom and my oldest son leaves for basic training on March 6.  I am an emotional reck. I thought that I would handle this better than I am. I am usually a very strong woman and don't cry at all. But this is my last week with my son and I can't stop the tears from flowing. Just the mention of his name brings the crying on. I don't know what's wrong with me. I feel like it's separation anxiety. I am very close to my son and we have a very close relationship. I am so proud of him joining the Navy and I am excited for him. He is very  excited about leaving. He is trying to encouraged me from not crying. I feel it's so hard because his bedroom will still have all his belongings and I won't be able to communicate to my son (via phone call whenever I want to). Family vacation are over. My baby is grown. Change has to happen. These things are hard for me. How do are Navy moms get thru this? I've been praying and I have some wonderful support friends and husband. But it still breaks my heart....

Comment by LA-BriansMom (Ship 3 Div 116) on February 29, 2012 at 11:18pm

Everything you are doing I did. My son packed all his clothes; winter in one huge box and summer in another. His bed was still not made after I dropped him off to be picked up and brought to the hotel then airport. My son has been at boot camp, this week make 3 weeks....well this Sunday will make him leaving me 3 weeks. I know it doesn't help now but it does get easier. All my customers and friends and family everytime they even asked how I was doing and if I heard from Brian I would break down and cry. Now I can speak of him and not cry..well sort of and not all the time but I does get easier. Keep busy, get with friends do things that make you laugh or happy be around family throw yourself in anything to keep your mind busy. Give your son a huge hug, support him and kiss him bye...he will not be the same when you see him next. That is what I am told. I am going to Brian's graduation April 13 and I really don't know how he is going to react..only thing I do know is you get three phone calls. One after one week or so saying he made it there and all in fine..and that he loves you..second one midway and last when he is a sailor telling you to come to his graduation. If you get any more calls then that IT IS NOT could mean something went wrong and he will not be he failed a test or hurt a leg or when he is gone,pray for him...every day...and look for those 3 phone do not know when it will be so keep that cell phone by your side and the ringer high..that is what I did...It hurts us more then them, trust me...they will become a man, learn discipline, learn organization, learn respect and so much more..think of it as a correction of our mishaps...and its better now then later...that is for sure..My son is learning to repair the aircrafts...keep in mind he will have a trade for life even when he gets out..the education they give him among everything else will be the most and best you could ever ask for your son. So yes, we are selfish and yes we want our boy home...but as they is not about us but them...They will learn so much and pray that he will be strong to get through it because if he does and when he does....because on graduation day...that is when WE CAN RELEASE OUR TEARS for their try to stay strong and be brave...crying is good..but try to think of the outcome.


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