Today is my birthday, and it's one of the saddest birthdays I can remember. My son left for basic Training on Oct 23 from San Antonio, to go to Fort Sill Oklahoma. I have six children, five of them sons, and he's my second oldest. I just miss him so much, because he is such a big piece of this family that I have been taking care of all these years. He's 19 and I have spent every day since he was born, taking care of him and I miss doing that. Maybe that's one of the things that upset me so much, besides the normal worry of having family in the military, is that I can't help him this time if he needs me. This is his dream he's following, so I have to support him, and I am proud of him. Doesn't mean it's not hard, though. I know his brothers and sister miss him too, and his dad. But, I am mom, and I suppose it will take a while to get used to this. It's never easy to let go.

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Comment by Erica M on November 18, 2012 at 7:37pm
My daughter left that same day and is at Ft.Sill also.
Comment by Jesusa Robinson on November 6, 2012 at 8:28pm

My son left Oct 29th for Lackland AFB and he had called while no one was home.  He said " I love you" twice in his message and said ,graduation is Dec 31st..I miss him very much......

Comment by Linda Heikkila on November 3, 2012 at 2:19pm

My son went through basic in the summer of 2010 - then to tech school in Wichita Falls, TX - and then to a two year duty in Misawa, Japan.  He's had 2 leaves since this all started and has not been here with us for the last 2 Christmases.  Fortunately - as he moves to his next duty station he will be home for this Christmas and I'm very excited to this holiday season.  His next two duty stations will be overseas as well.  I am a divorced mom and it's been my son and me since he was 10 - so letting go has been the biggest journey for me.  Be proud of him Kim - our children are a gift to us - and when we do a good job as parents, it is to teach them how to grow and learn for the day they are to leave.  Now it's time to just love him - no doubt these are the days he is learning how much YOU loved him already and supported him and encouraged him and my bet is he is figuring out now what the sacrifices you made for him were.  Thank goodness communication is what it is today and we can stay in touch in some manner - do you use Skype yet? - it's a wonderful thing!  My grandmother had 5 sons in WW II at the same time in places all over the world and it took months for a letter to come so she knew if they were ok - and one of her boys did die - plane down in the Adriatic.  We are so lucky we can have contact - and in time it does get better.  I wish you the best on your journey - remember to take care of yourself!:)

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