My oldest son is leaving for bootcamp in December. I have know it was coming for years. I honestly believe he was destined for this. Hecomes from a long line of Marines, three of his four grandparents were Marines. I went with him to everything I was allowed and when I wasn't allowed he knew he had my full support. Proud mom is a light term! Last night we went to mini bootcamp and parents night. A drill sergeant from San Diego was there to run things. It finally sank in that my child will be a Marine in just a few short months! I teared up right there (no actual tears, I couldn't do that to him). I have no clue how I am going to do this. I know he is strong, intelligent, and fully able to do this but all I can do cry every time I even think about it. I have spent all day looking at the web sites they gave us and reading the rules and tip they sent home. And yet all I can do is panic! I thought I was having a heart attack listening to his recruiter talking about him coming home knowing field first aide and what that means. All I could think right that second was that I don't want my child to know how to care for a bullet wound in the field! I know as a Marine he has to and it's something I want him to know as well as the rest of his platoon to know as well. After he went through the mini bootcamp he realized how far behind he was physically. He is use to working with the small group at his recruiter's office and he is the top recruit. Last night was a regional meeting and not required. So many of our group didn't attend. He was near the bottom quarter. I don't think his recruiter is preparing him very well. So I signed him up for a gym and he asked to join another recruiter for extra PT time. Is there anything else he can do to prepare? I hate the thought of him not being able to keep up!
How do I get past this? I want him to have a great outlook, to be prepared, and know I love him and support him 110%. I'm so worried and he hasn't even left yet! Am I crazy or is this what we all go through?
on Jul. 29, 2014 at 6:18 PM