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My Son at the beginning of his journey...

Monday, May 31, 2010

It is 6 a.m. and in less than 6 hours my husband & I will deliver our 22 year old son to the recruiter's station as he begins his journey to become a U.S. Marine. I can't sleep and can hear him downstairs already up. I know he is anxious to get started as he decided to join the military one year ago and has been working on his body & mind to prepare for one full year so he is as ready as one can be. I have been down this road and am having "de ja vu" today as six years ago to the day we saw our middle son off to Marine Corps Boot Camp and so I know more than I knew then and I don't know if that is a good thing or a bad thing. We have 3 sons and so today our youngest leaves our home and we become empty-nesters for sure. Our youngest son spent a couple of years at a college and decided that this was what he wanted and needed in life at this time, we know he will do well. He is a really wonderful man and has a personality you automatically like. My husband and I have a good support system so I know I have people I can cry on their shoulder when need be but at times you feel alone in your thoughts and have a tendency to "over think" things which I need to work on. Right now, I just want to say how proud I am to be Alex's mom! and it is not what he does to make me proud more than who I have always known him to be. God Bless and keep you my son today, tomorrow and forever! emoticon
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  • SUNNY332
    I missed the blog and I am truly sorry I did. I know well the feelings you have described here. Best wishes to Alex and to Mom and Dad. You have raised him well and he is rewarding your efforts by giving his best back to the Country we all love.

    The Author of "I wish you Enough" is Bob Perks. He is a hospice chaplin who write an internet newletter.

    Just thought you would like to know.

    Hugs, Sunny
    Proud Army Mom
    2755 days ago
    I am so sorry I didn't see this blog before but I do understand how you were feeling. I can remember when they came to pick up my son and my heart just melted away!! I wish Alex all the best in this new journey and you mom a big big emoticon Stay strong and trust in the Lord that he will be protected and in your arms soon!! emoticon
    2808 days ago
    My heart goes out to you. Although we all have to say goodbye and let our children go in different ways, this is by far one of the toughest. I agree with you that I'm not sure its a good thing or bad thing to know more now about what he will go through than you did before. It certainly doesn't stop the worry. Having faith that he believes this is the right path for himself is the best thing you can hold on to. emoticon
    2822 days ago
    I'll be thinking of and praying for Alex, and for you and family. I agree, as a former military wife, the military life is uniquely amazing and heart-filling, and will surely be a good experience for him.
    As a Mom, however, I imagine facing a child's enlistment comes from a different perspective.
    I pray for Alex's safe (and whole) return from wherever the life takes him... Take care~ emoticon
    2822 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/1/2010 12:20:09 AM
    God bless you for the fine job you've done in raising such a great young man...and God bless Alex for doing what he is led to you and preparing for the job. Stand tall, be proud and know you have done a wonderful job!!!
    Thank you Alex for the fine job you are undertaking. God bless you!!!
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    Please post a picture of him in uniform when you can if he doesn't mind. I will be praying for him and your family.
    2823 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/31/2010 7:57:20 PM
  • NETTY1
    Thank YOu for making yur son strong. I pray he is strong in God's word too.
    2823 days ago
  • KATELOSS2009

    THANK YOU for raising young men who are willing to serve our country. THANK YOU for encouraging them in their journeys.

    Thank you.
    2823 days ago
    How well I know those mixed feelings of pride and anxious mom-hood! My only child (son) was also 22 when he signed up for the Army Reserve. He, too, prepared himself, and I know your son will be glad that he took the time to do that. So be proud, be strong, and may that support system you have be, as a previous responder so poetically put: "enough". emoticon
    2823 days ago
  • 1GROVES2
    God bless America and thank you veterans and soon to be veterans...I wish your son the best and I wish you peace and blessings. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2823 days ago
  • KENDALL7261
    I Wish You Enough

    Recently at an airport, I overheard a father and daughter in their last moments together. They had announced her departure and standing near the security gate, they hugged and he said, “I love you, I wish you enough.”She in turn said, “Daddy, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed, I wish you enough too, Daddy.” They kissed and she left.

    He walked over toward the window where I was seated. Standing there, I could see he wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on his privacy, but he welcomed me in by asking, “Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?”

    “Yes, I have,” I replied, “forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever good-bye?” I asked.

    “I am old and she lives much too far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is, the next trip back would be for my funeral,” he said.

    “When you were saying good-bye I heard you say, ‘I wish you enough’, may I ask what that means?”

    He began to smile. “That’s a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone.” He paused for a moment and looking up as if trying to remember it in detail, he smiled ever more. “When we said, ‘I wish you enough,’ we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them,” he continued and then turning toward me he shared the following as if he were reciting it from memory.

    I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
    I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
    I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
    I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
    I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
    I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
    I wish you enough “Hello’s” to get you through the final “Good-bye.”

    Tears filled his eyes and he walked away.
    And so,
    I wish you enough.
    (author unknown)

    2823 days ago
  • KENDALL7261
    Alex is SO blessed to have you for his Mom!! The hardest part of letting our children grow up and fly is letting them leave the nest. God Bless you and your family.
    2823 days ago
    What an amazing step Alex is taking! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your son. We are honored to have people like him in this country.
    2823 days ago
    I am retired military and the life is wonderful!
    2823 days ago
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