MCRD Family Day
Posted By: Carolyn Alvarado 10-12-11
As the day grew closer for us to leave to San Diego Ca I could not get there fast enough. I was a bundle of nerves. So excited to see my son, but worried that the Marines would have changed him somehow.When we got there on Wednesday I could not sleep. I just kept thinking my son is out there somewhere on this base.
When Thursday morning finally came I could not get out of the room fast enough. As my daughter & I walked to The Bay View Restaurant I kept looking for him, hoping to catch even a glimpse of him. After breakfast as we walked to the staging area we saw a platoon of Marines & my heart jumped into my chest as I looked for the numbers on the flag. When I saw that it was not his platoon I was sad, but then I heard another mother say oh I saw him as her eyes filled with tears I just saw my son, & me being me I cried with her.
We got to the staging area we were sitting on the benches we saw another platton of Marines run out of the barracks, I again looked for the numbers on the flag & when I saw that it was my son's platoon I began to look for him as my eyes filled with tears I hear my daughter say there he is mom there he is. I can not begain to tell you the joy I felt at seeing my son in person for the first time in over 13 weeks.
Later he told us that he knew he just knew that his sister & I would be out there looking for him waiting to see him & he said that pumped him up so much that the run was nothing, the yelling from his DI, the last 13 weeks had been worth it to know that we were there & that we supported him. I know letting go & letting our kids become an adult is one of the hardest things to do & when they go to Boot Camp it feels like they are taking are heart with them, but at the end of the 13 weeks you will see your young man as the Man he has become.
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