My precious child is leaving Monday for Army basic training in South Carolina, and even though I've had a year to get used to the idea, I'm NOT doing well.
I feel so many conflicting emotions.......I'm so proud of her I can hardly stand it, but at the same time I'm sad at the prospect of the first bird leaving the nest, happy that she's escaping this nice but boring little town, and terrified that she could end up in Iraq. It wouldn't be so bad if she were closer, instead of completely across the country, and if we could at least see or talk to her every now and then. But I hear they're really strict about not allowing phone calls the first few weeks of basic, and I can't imagine not hearing Melanie's sweet voice for that long!
I guess I'll have to get used to it though, because her last 48 hours at home are going fast, and I need to be strong when I leave her at the recruiting office Monday afternoon to be driven up to Portland and then to the airport early the next morning. I know it's normal for children to grow up and leave one......that's what my mind says.........I just wish someone would explain it to my heart.
Jul 11, '04
The letter sounds like a great idea, something of you that she can hold and cherish. Good advice, Leslie and Nekhismom.
Marla, is there a Military Moms Support Group or something like it in your area??? Can you start one?
Keep us informed, you're both in our prayers. -- D
Last edit by dianah on Jul 11, '04
Jul 11, '04
Truly. Warmest and tightest of hugs.
The first weeks of basic will be the toughest... both on her and on you.
After that it will be easier as you will begin hearing from her.
Adam goes in three weeks. I'm here for you and we'll hold each other up, ok?
I do find comfort in the fact that going Navy, I don't see him going to Iraq anytime soon. Army, however is a different story. I will keep your precious dtr. in my prayers.
Take advantage of the Military Mom's site I referred you to. There are many moms in your very same state of mind there... and moms who have been there and know just how to comfort, console, advise, and encourage you.
Warmest hugs again, dear Marla. :kiss
Slip her a picture (wallet size) of you and her together to tuck behind her license/ID. She can pull it out and place it at her heart when times are tough.
Last edit by jnette on Jul 11, '04