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Hard to let go
Posted By: Michelle Alls 02-24-12
My son left for PARRIS Island Sc, on 12/11/11. It was the hardest thing to do, knowing I would not talk or see him until March 2012. We are a very close family and I knew this was gonna be hard. My son is the youngest of my 3 children. With him leaving, not only was I going to miss him, but I would have the empty nest syndrome as well. All of my children have moved on with their lives. My oldest daughter has started her family, my middle daughter moved away for college and now my son leaving for the Marine Corps. This was hard. Receiving the phone call upon his arrival, made me cry. The recruiter was right I did not get to say anything. I hung up the phone and said that was not my child, it did not sound like him. I believe he had lost his voice from screaming, Sir, yes Sir! all day. That made me cry even more. But as time went on, and after a lot of tears, things got better. I could see how much different he was from his letters. He was positive, excited and more matured. He had a different outlook on things. I would get so excited about receiving his letters I would run to the mail box everyday in hopes of a new letter. I tried to write him as much as possible. I know he was just as excited to receive my letters as I was receiving his. There were times along the way when I would stop what I was doing and try to imagine what my son was doing at that same time, or I would wonder what the weather was like there and hope he was not wet and cold or too hot. We are now only 15 days away from graduation. I'm so excited to see his handsome face and to hear his sweet voice. We are very proud of him. My boy left home a boy and is now coming back as a man, thanks to MARINE CORPS. I love you Robbie to the moon and back!
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