My Last Letter to Marine Boot Camp
–Mighty Marine Mom
The past 13 weeks have moved more quickly than I worried they would. I cannot tell you how much I have enjoyed writing your letters every day, even when I didn’t have much to say (which was probably most of the time). It helped me feel connected to you, even though we couldn’t text or talk like we normally do.
We usually check mail (at our centralized neighborhood post boxes) in the evening while walking the dog, but there was no way I could wait that long each day to know if we’d received a letter. So I’d walk down the street every afternoon, just after the postman came. More often than not, no letter. But it always made my day when I saw one of your small envelopes.
I have read through your letters a couple of times; my, how you changed over the weeks! Your first letters were hard to read (it’s not easy for a Mom to see, “God I hate this place”), but we knew they would be. We are so proud of you for persevering and getting through those first initial weeks when you hated it so.
Your calls a couple of weeks ago were a complete surprise and a true gift. Even when you couldn’t chat, we both thought you sounded good. I am still smiling about getting to hear your voice.
The videographers drove all of us crazy last Friday; they didn’t post the video until 8:30 at night! We picked you out immediately. We were thrilled to see all the trophies, and then “Honor Platoon” flashed across the screen! We both just about came off of the sofa! SO proud of you and your platoon mates. I am looking forward to meeting SDI SSgt Nguyen; he must be a very good motivator!
As I write this, we will see you in only five days. Every day, I think about seeing you during your moto-run and during your on-base liberty, then having you on the plane with us on the way home.
I can’t wait to find out what’s in store for you after MCT, and then, after tech school. We have already made kennel reservations so we can fly to wherever you are for Christmas.
We love you very, very much, and we are tremendously proud of you.
SEE YOU SOON!!