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1 week down, 12 more to go

Posted By: Kim Dupuis 09-27-10

 
My son left one week ago today on his way to Parris Island as a kid and will return a ready-made man. I'm going through a lot of emotions right now. Today I meant to call home, but called his cell phone out of habit. When I saw what I did, I laughed at first then started to cry. It's really starting to hit me how I miss him so very very much. I'm stalking the mailman in anticipation for a letter/postcard. Nothing yet. Poor thing will have a novel to read, for I have been writing him everyday. I'm so proud of him, and the tears I have are out of that pride. I can't wait until I get his address. I have pages and pages of support ready to go. I made sure not to say how bad I miss him because I don't want him to become even more homesick. I even called his girlfriend and told her to be careful what she writes for that very reason. Counting down... 1 week down, 12 more to go...

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Kim Dupuis Avatar

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Thanks so much for the words of encouragement. It's nice to be a part of something like this that everyone can relate to how one another is feeling. This is the most helpful website for all of us! I'm giving you all HUGE mental hugs.

Posted by: Kim Dupuis on 09/30/2010

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Marica Moseley Avatar

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Hi! My son left the same time but went to San Diego! Time is going by faster than I thought it would, but at the same time it feels like forever and ever since I heard from him! Miss him so much! Hang in there, and God Bless You!

Posted by: Marica Moseley on 09/30/2010

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KegleyBros Mom Avatar

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My 2nd son decided to follow his big brother's footsteps and just joined the Corps. He shipped to boot camp on 9.18.10-and he'll be in Bravo Company (at MRCSD). His older brother will be coming home from Afghanistan while he is in boot camp--but he'll get to come to his lil brother's graduation!!

Waiting for those first letters can seem like forever- but they do send them out fairly regularly. And of course you can send them whenever you want. Having been through it once before I think I'm a little less impatient for those letters as I now understand better what those first few weeks are like. Your son is changing almost overnight into a Man (or daughter into a Woman!). Send them lots of love but I would agree to keep your 'missing them' to a minimum. There is a huge support system that you can lean on here in the Marine Corps--take advantage of it. There is something for everyone--and it's not to hard to find either.
Good luck to all of our kids! :)

Posted by: KegleyBros Mom on 10/26/2010

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Kim- Thank you for your story. Marine Corps Recruit Training is 12 weeks of intense academic, physical and moral challenges; support from family and friends is essential during the challenging process of earning the title Marine.

Posted by: Community Manager on 10/21/2010

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Kamry Aebersold Avatar

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My brother left the same day as your son... and I never realized it would be this hard... he knows me inside and out, he is more of a best friend than anything and I know what you are going through. I keep waiting for that first letter and hoping it will come very soon. I know everything they are going through is tough, but it's what's best for them and what they want to do. I will keep a countdown with you!!

Posted by: Kamry Aebersold on 09/30/2010

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Laurie Amesquita Avatar

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My daughter left the same time as your son, I have yet to receive anything from her, but her boyfriend did get a letter yesterday with her address. I was thankful to get it as I had already written a six page letter and then started a new one. I did get the phone call on Wednesday that she had arrived there safely. Seems like the first week has gone by quickly so I'm hoping the next 12 are the same. I make sure I always have a piece of paper and pen with me so I can write about all the silly things that have happened and to let her know of all the support she has back home. I hope you get your address soon! Take care. My prayers are with all the recruits in training. Laurie

Posted by: Laurie Amesquita on 10/01/2010

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Lisa Tolson Avatar

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Our son left for Parris Island today...so I will be following in your footsteps! Good luck...I know our boys will be fine and we will be so proud to see them come graduation day!

Posted by: Lisa Tolson on 11/01/2010

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Rafael Trujillo Avatar

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My son left on Monday and I do not have any news yet also. I understood your message because I have a mix of feelings (proud/concern/worry/frustrated). My son went to San Diego and I have a Marine friend who gave an idea to look for parents of my son's co-Marines but I have not received news yet. I wish you the best to you and your son!!

Posted by: Rafael Trujillo on 10/29/2010

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Jeniffer Bierman Avatar

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My husband left for Parris Island 11/1 as well. Your son and my husband might be together. We probably saw each other at MEPS.

Posted by: Jeniffer Bierman on 11/04/2010

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Jan  Dougal Avatar

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Kim, my son left on 9-13 and we have received both the form letter and one other letter. His girlfriend has received two letters. They do make a difference although as a mom, I do miss him so much and have also shed tears. Your post brought them back but only because I feel your emotions in my heart. Hope you are doing well - feel free to stay in touch. My son is in the 3rd BN, Mike Co PLT 3097. Best of luck as we watch our son's grow and develop through this journey. Jan

Posted by: Jan Dougal on 09/30/2010

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Debby  Fontenot-Gilreath Avatar

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My son left for Parris Island 10.25.2010. I received my arrival call that night and a form letter with his address followed 4 days later.
I am receiving regular letters from my son and I, too, keep a watchful eye on the mailbox. I write to him each day and I try to support him with every other sentence. His letters contain several days lumped into one letter which is wonderful because I feel like I am sharing these experiences with him.

The weeks are going by faster than I thought they would. I wake up praying for him and his platoon and I go to sleep doing the same.

If I could offer any advice...send him/her letters of encouragment, pride, and optimism. My son wanted encouraging scriptures, notes of sporting avents, etc.

We are all on this roller coaster ride together! I pray you will all find peace with each letter you receive!

Many blessings and THANK YOU for your sacrifice as well as your childs!

Deb

Posted by: Debby Fontenot-Gilreath on 11/19/2010

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Kim Dupuis Avatar

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Nancy,
One of the hardest things in my life was watching my son leave with his recruiter. It was nearly 2 weeks before I got the form letter that had his address. When I got his first letter, I cried and cried. Know that you have found a network of parents, wives, husbands, brothers, sisters and friends that are feeling or have felt the feelings you are experiancing right now. But that "feeling of despair" will dissipate and transform into overwhelming pride. You will live a whirlwind of emotions, and through your recruit you will transform yourself. Through this process and the letters that my recruit has written, I know that I did the best I could to raise him, he will thank you multiple times for all the things you've done for him. His transformation and knowing that I will soon earn the title of Marine mother made me walk taller and prouder. You've done a wonderful job raising your son. Know that he is in great hands. Know that he will become a man and will be stronger with the core values that are being instilled in him. You will make it through this and you're not alone. Stay strong Mom and keep writing those words of encouragement. He needs that now more than ever.

Posted by: Kim Dupuis on 11/18/2010

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Lisa Nielsen Avatar

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My son went to Parris Island on 9-20-10. It is so difficult the first few weeks, missing them and worrying about them. I have received many letters, and there have been many changes. From a scared little boy to a confident man. It is amazing to witness all this through his letters. Boot camp has been very difficult for him, first learning to be not so sensitive to confrontation, second a broken thumb he had to keep to himself, third pneumonia, and then a viral infection to follow. I did get a phone call when he was in the Evaluation Hospital, because all that was too much, and he needed encouragement and love from Mom. All the sickness set his graduation back to Jan 7 now instead of Dec 17. Would have been wonderful to have him home for Christmas, but having a strong healthy man come home is more important. He is doing fantastic now, and looks forward to seeing his loved ones.

Posted by: Lisa Nielsen on 11/21/2010

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Charlene Shields Avatar

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My son left Monday the 15th for San Diego. I thought I would get a quick phone call in the first couple of days but I haven't heard anything yet. I am retired Army and went through basic training in 1984 and I'm going nuts not knowing what he is doing and how he is doing. It is going to be the longest 13 weeks of my life. HELP

Posted by: Charlene Shields on 11/19/2010

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Nancy King Avatar

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My son just left Monday Nov 15th for PI. I have written him a letter every day since he left! It is really hard not having any way to communicate with him. Still waiting for his address to come in mail. I am very proud of him but miss him so very much!! Any suggestions on how to deal with this feeling of despair?

Posted by: Nancy King on 11/18/2010

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Melanie McFarland Avatar

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My Son left for Parris Island last Tuesday- I couldn't be prouder. But as a single Mom who has had him everyday for the last 19 years-this is rough. I miss him so much. I did write my first letter-I can't wait to get his address-and I knew enough to keep it positive so it is nice to be able to come here and see other parents going thru the same emotions. Can't wait to hear from him- and do they post pictures?

Posted by: Melanie McFarland on 11/21/2010

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Anne Woodruff Avatar

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Hi Lisa, I found a the official FB page for Parris Island and they post pics on there of differn't plt at differn't stages of the 13 wks. From Receiving to Graduation. They can't get around all the Plt and take photo's but I look everyday just in cast there is a pic of Co P PLt 4005. Check it out you never know you may get lucky and see a pic of your son. I know what your going through my daugher has been gone for 14days now and I miss her very much, but it's the not being able to call her that is killing me. Keep the Faith Lisa our kids are going to be the best they could ever be, and we are proud mom's. :)

Posted by: Anne Woodruff on 12/12/2011

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Cindy Tech Avatar

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WOW Kim, I've read everyone of your posts and you hit the nail on the head about all the feelings and emotions I've been having. I too am stalking the mailman waiting daily for any letters from my RCT. I am only 5 week into this but I too see the changes in my son that I can't even believe! He is due to graduate on Oct. 19th and that day can't come soon enough. Thanks for your posts and best of luck to you and your Marine.:-)

Posted by: Cindy Tech on 08/25/2012

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