It was bittersweet to say the least.. I answered the phone and my baby was on the other end..."Hello Mama" My heart just sank... a huge knot swelled up in my throat and I could hardly speak. He sounded exhausted and rightly so..said that he just came off watch and they don't get but about five hours of sleep a night.. he said he was doing well...passing all of the tests and inspections with perfect scores... I heard his voice crack and then he started to cry under his breath...I then asked if he was okay..and he said "yes mam" he sounded like he just lost his best friend...I think the homesickness is the hardest for him.. he has never really been away from home before and certainly not without talking to his mama daily on the phone.. so this is a major adjustment for him, I'm sure...It is for me, that's for sure!
He said that he can receive mail daily now, but they can only write once a week. I know now why letters are so few and far between... I cannot tell you how good it felt to hear his voice, even if it was just for a few minutes. He said that he wasn't sure when he would get to call again, maybe in a couple of weeks.
I was actually driving down the road and his father and brother were not with me at the time... so sad, he really wanted to speak to them too. He did say that he had a calling card and could purchase more. So if you are wondering about that, he said they are available to them and when their cards run out of minutes, they are allowed to purchase more. That made me feel better. I was wondering about that.