Today is graduation day. It fills me with pride and dread, joy and fear. I am sure most parents feel similar mixed emotions. In 28 days he will leave our house and spend the night in St. Louis. We will be able to see him the next day at his swearing in and then he will leave us for his new life in the US Army.
I know that he is doing what he feels called to do. I've never seen him so focused on a goal and I think he will do really well. From what I hear, we will get a scripted call confirming that he is there and safe and then we will not hear from him for at least several weeks. Since he has been driving, he has always texted me to let e know he arrived safely to where he is going. I could count on that beep every morning. And now there will be silence.
I can't bear the thought really, so I will try to stay in the moment, enjoy each day and have faith that he will do well and that we will all survive. But, as is so often the case when our children strike out on their own, I wish we'd had more time.
A Soldier's Mom
This is a journal about my experiences as a soldier's Mom. My son gradated OSUT at Fort Benning in October 2013. He is currently stationed at Fort Carson, CO.