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Proud but sad.

Posted By: Becky Bush 07-05-11

 
My son left June 26th for Parris Island. Its been difficult. I am so proud of him, yet miss him so badly ive had bouts of depression and a sense of loss. I know this is the greatest choice for him and keep my sadness to myself. Yet i sit in his room so often and just simply miss him. Im so glad to see Im not alone.

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Patty  Lewis Avatar

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Becky- Your never alone! Please stay busy! STAND STRONG-STAND PROUD! Your son would not want to know Mom is not doing well. He is pushing himself to the Max to be member of The Few. The Proud. The Marines! Allow your pride to take over your sadness.
I have assisted thousands of USMC parents whose sons and daughters are deployed. We all feel the same at first- but learn very quickly we are much stronger than we ever knew! Darn WE RAISED THESE SOON TO BE MARINES! :)
My son deployed 3 times in his 4 years of active duty.

Keep in mind anxiety and worry will never change any outcome. It only wastes your time and energy. Use that energy for positive things. This is a choice your son made, he wants to be a Marine. Being a Marine is not for the weak minded- your son is strong. Your job is stand behind him, support his choice 100%.

Our recruits and Marines must always keep focus on their mission at hand-we never want them worried about us. The USMC is a small BUT very tight family!
The bond your son will share with his Marine brothers is unlike any bond he will ever experience. YOU will find that same bond within the USMC family.

Smile!!! Be PROUD!! The day your son graduates Boot Camp and is presented with The Eagle, Globe and Anchor which he earned, will be a day you will NEVER forget! That I promise you! You will see the boy that left on June 26th will now be a MAN!
Semper Fidelis!
Patty Lewis


Posted by: Patty Lewis on 07/06/2011

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Becky Bush Avatar

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Thank you so much, your words meant alot to me. I am so proud. But its nice to know there are others who feel the way I do and know the feeling. I am so awaiting that first letter! Thank you again!

Posted by: Becky Bush on 07/09/2011

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Caprice Long Avatar

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My son arrived on the 20th. I know it's really hard on all of us and we need to know this is what they wanted to do. They are all proud young men who have made this decision to serve our country even in the mist of all the conflicts going on. It's amazing with this generation that they are so excited about joining and wanting to become Marines. As one of the ladies posted, it's a good idea not to let him know about your sadness and depression. I also go in my son's room and sit. Try to keep yourself as busy as possible. I look forward to all his letters. This will keep you going as well as you writing letters to him. After the first week, they start getting use to the schedule.

Posted by: Caprice Long on 07/06/2011

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Becky Bush Avatar

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I got my first letter today!!! I am so happy!! He sounds like hes doing well. I am so thankful and so appreciative of all the mothers on here that have helped hold me together!!! God bless you all!!! What a good day!!

Posted by: Becky Bush on 07/11/2011

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Becky Bush Avatar

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Thank you so much for your support. I never let on to him that I am sad, only that Im proud and eagerly awaiting graduation!!!! I would never want him to have any regrets with his choice as I feel it is a good one. Just simply my mother issues, you know..

Posted by: Becky Bush on 07/06/2011

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Kathleen Walker Avatar

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You are definitely not alone. My son has been gone just over a month. Just don't let him know how upset you are, he needs to focus on his training. I've found so many other moms on here, we have to stick together, no one else knows how we feel. Always let him know how proud you are of him and how much you love him. He needs all the help you can give right now.

Posted by: Kathleen Walker on 07/06/2011

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Dawn Hogue Avatar

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My son left July 11th. It has been 4 days. I am going thru so many mixed emotions. I am so very proud, just like everyone else is of their boys. But I miss him so badly. I don't think 10 minutes goes by that I am not thinking about him and wondering what he is doing. If he is ok. His Birthday is Saturday, It will be the 1st one that I have ever been away from him. I cry when I am alone. I pick my phone up to text him and remember he can't get the text. I should stop whinning and think about what he is feeling and why he is there. This is something he has wanted since he was 10. Trying to stay strong. It is nice to see that I am not alone. Thank you all for all of the story's and posts.

Posted by: Dawn Hogue on 07/14/2011

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Becky Bush Avatar

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I am so sorry for the way you feel. I understand completley. Im there myself so many times. But you know this site and all of the wonderful other mothers have helped me so much. Its so nice to share with others how you feel and know that they understand. Its ok to cry at times, I feel its a release sometimes so that when I write to my son, I can think clearly and say what I need to say and be positive. Its a very lonely feeling at times, but read the comments some of the mothers wrote to me, they are helpful.I think the hardest is waiting for that first letter to know your child is ok. It then gets a little easier. Not a cakewalk all the time, but remember what they are going through to achieve their dream, we have to stay together on this end for them. Thats why this site is so wonderful. God bless you dear, and let us know when that letter comes!!

Posted by: Becky Bush on 07/18/2011

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Paula Martin Avatar

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My son left yesterday I totally understand what you are going through. Did you get a phone call on the first day? I'm a nervous wreck waiting for the call! We just have to remember that our boys are strong and will make it through this and we will too!

Posted by: Paula Martin on 07/11/2011

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Becky Bush Avatar

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Thank you all and God bless you. You have helped me more than you know. Its nice to just know that others understand, have been through it, and even survived it!!!!! Thank you so much!

Posted by: Becky Bush on 07/09/2011

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Maria Galaviz Avatar

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Dear Becky:
For sure you are not alone! there are many moms just like you and me out there waiting to see our sons and daughters again, and just remember that one day you will get to see your son all dressed up with Marine Colors on Graduation Day. I can asure you it's a great feeling!! you are going to feel so proud of him like never before, I really hope this website helps you like it's helping me, as for my self my son graduated on February 26, 2010 and he is in korea right now I cant wait to see him again.
and don't forget you are proud Marine mom take care and God bless.

Posted by: Maria Galaviz on 07/07/2011

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Paula Martin Avatar

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My son left yesterday I totally understand what you are going through. Did you get a phone call on the first day? I'm a nervous wreck waiting for the call! We just have to remember that our boys are strong and will make it through this and we will too!

Posted by: Paula Martin on 07/11/2011

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