Hi. My 18 year old son is shipping off today for Fort Sill, Oklahoma where he will be in basic training for 9 weeks. Actually he left yesterday morning on a shuttle to Tampa Florida where he's flying out of today. I'm a new military mom...I have to wonder, how do military families do it? I have a good friend who hasn't seen her son in the Navy in over a year, and he's just re-enlisted too. The heart wrenching pain is so intence, it's paralysing sometimes as waves of grief wash over me... And it's only been a day! I can't even imagine a whole year.... it's worse than anything I think, because it's so unknown, wondering "what's he doing now" or walking past a baby picture on the wall, or making meals and remembering this is your "little guys" favorite food...and then those grief waves come again... I know many have told me that I really need to cutthe apron strings, that my baby is now a grown young man. But a mother never stops being a mother. Her baby will always be her baby even when they are bigger than she is (which my son is now). This is a very new thing to deal with...does this get ealsier?