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!