No one tells you how to prepare for when your child first leaves home. Are you suppose to be happy? Sad? What? I think everything depends on if you think they are ready or not. Two years ago I watched my oldest get his High School diploma. At that point I knew he’d be moving from where his siblings and I lived in California to where his dad lived in Indiana and go to college. I watched him pack and everything, maybe it was the fact that he was moving to his dad I was worried so much.
Maybe it was the fact that he sent me a text message in almost every state he passed through and continued to call/text while he was there. It could also be I knew I’d end up back out there and he was moving so he could go to college. All of these were great reasons. The hard part, even for me was letting him go. He’d been there every day with his siblings, even when his dad was 2000 miles away or if he’d been overseas.
I’ve known for a few months he was going to join the military. When we talked about it the first time back in June I knew he was gung-ho and nothing was going to stop him. Especially when I watched him lose over 40 lbs just to ensure he got in without being put on a weight-list. He was determined. So determined that 3/5 days of the week he walked the 5 miles just to go to the YMCA to work out. He could’ve asked me but only did on days where it was raining or super cold. Every other week he joined the Future Soldiers in training.