Marine Recruit parents - Encouragement
Posted By: One Proud Bailey 10-19-11
My son left on Monday, October 17, 2011 for Parris Island with an anticipated graduation date of January 13, 2012. And by the way I didn't get a call either.
I want you all to be encouraged throughout this process. At times you may feel as though you've lost someone, when in fact you are gaining a far more inspiring individual, whether a son, daughter, grand-son, grand-daughter.
Remember, this is a true testament to their ability to determine what they want out of life and pursue their dreams. Just remember these words..."I want to be a Marine", how touching is that coming them? Well, I said “WHAT!”, but it’s his dream not mine. Just think back 17 – 21 years ago when they were born, did you say…”You’re going to be a Marine one day”; well somewhere down the line you put the best in them otherwise they wouldn’t be there today.
Take your hand and pat yourself on the back “Well done!” it’s a testament to you as well, look at the courageous decision they have made. Every one of them deserves to be praised to the upmost.
Embrace the challenge with them. While they are going through these 12 weeks of mental and physical challenge, take on a difficult challenge yourself and in the end you both have done something that has strengthened the bond between you and them.
Walt Disney once said...
"If you can dream it, you can do it."
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