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My Baby Boy

Thursday, November 18, 2010

So, my 17 year old, 6'4" son comes home from school really excited to show me that he had gotten a 97 on his ASVAB test (The Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery). "that's good, honey" was all I could really say, not knowing what it really means. I found out later that it really hurt his feelings by not being more excited. I had him explain to me what the test really means, and what it means to him.

He went on to tell me that this test is what the military uses to determine if you are a viable candidate to recruit. Evidently, most people score around a 30, and a 97 pretty much garauntees any job they want. This is awesome for someone who really wants to be a part of the military. My son is that person. He told me that he has been talking to a Marine Recruiter about enlisting instead of going to college. Can I tell you that I am incredibly proud of him for choosing this life path, but it also scares the hell out of me???

This is my little boy. It doesn't matter that he towers over me, or has a voice so low he can sing baritone. He's still my little boy and I don't want to put him in harms way, let alone let him choose something that will intentionally do just that.

He is graduating from high school this year, and I know he will be an adult. It's hard enough to let go and see him off to college. I have to put my big girl pants on and deal with the fact that this is his decision. I'm just going put on a brave face for him, then go cry in a corner when he's not looking.
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    2744 days ago
    I don't know anything about the score exactly, but a 97 is something to be darn proud of any day! And like you said, while it is painful and makes us cry, it is awesome to see our little boys (and girls) grow up to be adults who have and want a purpose in life and go and get it. You should remember that during this time too, because you are one of the reasons he has this amazing head on his shoulders! Yes, you can be sad and worried and cry in the corner, but he should know how proud you are of him because, after all, you helped make him who he is!
    2744 days ago
    My son is 21 and 6 feet 4 and I am still crying emoticon . He is off in college in New Jersey. During this time I have missed celebrating birthdays, holidays and just memorable moments with him. He turned 21 and went to Atlantic City to celebrate. Just treasure every moment you can with him. Every time you thing of the possibility of him going away, SMILE and pat yourself on the back for being such a wonderful mom.
    2744 days ago
    With a score like that he has a better chance of not being put in harms way....
    2744 days ago
    WOW a 97 is a GREAT score. Being an Army Wife, Army Brat and friend to MANY in the military I stand proud beside all of them serviving. That is great that he knows what he wants to do and that he is looking to the USMC. Just remember that this USMC is "The Few, The Proud". Good luck in his journey to becoming a member of the Marine Corps.
    2744 days ago
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