Graduation is over and the kids are off to college, going to work or have left for boot camp. Experiencing your child leaving for boot camp is a much different feeling than having them leave for college. I want you to know that we, the Blue Star Mothers of Fredericksburg, understand.
When a child leaves for college there is a good chance (because of the number of great state colleges), that they will only be an hour or two (definitely within a day trip) away from you. You can be there for them, if needed, to guide them and “still be mom." However, when your child leaves for boot camp, this is not the case.
Communication stops. No phone calls and, depending on the branch of the military that your child joins, you may not even receive a letter for quite a while. No Facebook, Skype – no communication.
If you are experiencing child withdrawal, know that your feelings are genuine and expected. It is hard wondering how your child is handling the discipline of the military, the physical activity that is required to be trained properly – and so much more.
As a mom who has been there – experienced that – the best advice that I can give you is to trust that your child has made an awesome life-changing decision. When I speak to mothers about the reason that their child joins the military I hear usually hear 2 stories: they have always played with “army men” and talked about joining the military, it is all that they have wanted to do since they were small. Or, he/she wanted to make a difference and serve their country. It is just in their blood. They are following in their father/mother/uncle/grandfather’s footsteps.
If your child graduated from a local high school in Stafford, Fredericksburg, King George, Caroline, Culpeper, Orange (or any other county between Woodbridge and Richmond), you are welcome to join a group of mothers who understand what you are going through.
For more information about Blue Star Mothers of Fredericksburg, visit our website…www.bluestarmothersva4.org. We would love to support you and be a shoulder for you to lean on.