That's the standard recommendation for parents of kids at OSUT. I think it's good advice and mostly a healthy way to deal with any major emotional upheaval or change. But I also think you have to be careful not to stuff your feelings. I find that if I am really distracted for a while, sometimes a song or thought can really come crashing in on my faux calm. Today that moment was when I was hurriedly grabbing stuff from my bathroom counter and suddenly noticed his picture. It's a searing intrusion of reality. He is not here. When he took that picture, his senior year was just starting. June 2013 was really far away. And now here we are. June 2013 is barreling to a close. July looms. And he is in Georgia. Not only that, but he's already been there a week. And I still think 'oh yeah, he's in Georgia.' I wonder how long that will last.
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.