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!