So when your son is always telling you I am going to serve in the Army when I get old enough, your answer is yes. Though when they turn that age of 17 and bring you the infomation you get that knot in your stomach of panic and being proud. My son asked me to go along on this journey with him and I am happy that I did. He studied hard and got the job he was wanting, he left for Basic in January and graduated March 23, 2012. He is now at school doing great, he has been promoted and working on his next promotion. I sent my son to the Army and they returned a Soldier who is my son, that is all military. As a mom in January saying goodbye was so hard we didn't want to let go but their is a time we must let go our kids go. Let me tell you we all learned to write letters that you actually send in the mail, I learned some of the lingo and still have more to learn. Letters are so important to our soldier's, and my son who can text with his eyes closed wrote some of the coolest letters. So I got into a support group with other mom's and have become very good friends around the nation. Graduation came slow at times but finally got here, please whatever you do don't miss that. It is one of the most meaningful wonderful things to witness. We got to spend the weekend with my son because he was going to school at the same base he had his Basic at.
We knew that he had options and I learned to understand that until the Army hands your soldier his papers don't listen to anything anyone says, it is called gossip. The Army does not put up with it and you just understand the rules. Well today I got the call of his orders, he is going overseas. Was it a shock, no. Was I sad, yes. Is it an opportunity for my son, for sure but most of all I am so very Proud. I told my son we will get through this in many ways and that it is just the beginning of many hello and goodbyes. I just know that it I will be honest with my son (it is a promise we made to each other) but I will not show him with how much I miss and or my fears for him.
The other promise is we made is that I will be honest about my health to a certain point, I have a life threatening disease. We have made peace about it and have a plan in action. Our plan is that our belief in the Lord is that if anything happens we will see each other in heaven. Everyone has their own version of how to handle this, I just feel the need to blog. I think it will help me get through my time away from my son and may just help someone else. It is important to understand the Army while your soldier is enlisted, we need to support each other, vent, just get it out on the days missing them is to much. I feel if we blog together and not tell our soldier's everything they can do their job while keeping themselves safe along with our country. May God Bless you and have a great day.