Received my second letter yesterday. Andrew's letter was funny! He sounded happy, back to his usual self. He said that the first two weeks had been hard on him since he questions himself often, and was worried was he doing everything good enough.
It is true what they say about time. Time has a way of helping us to work things out and make peace with ourselves as well as others. Well it's been 4 weeks and 2 days and the time that has passed helped Andrew to be more confident in himself, and grown to a new level. For me, the time passed has helped me to not feel so empty with him gone and has been replaced with a higher degree of pride in my son.
My very best wishes to all of the sailor recruits, for reaching their dreams and to the parents the courage to let me leave.