Basic Training in Child Rearing

I just spent the last few minutes teary eyed again. My oldest son, Christopher, is going to Basic Training this coming Wednesday. I am so conflicted, one minute PROUD and the next wanting to tell the Army they can’t have my son, he’s still a baby! I know that this is what he wants, it is his dream and that is what makes me happy for him. This dream of his was even more realized by me this morning. My husband is out in the garage with (this is another looooong story that I will share some other time) his new project, restoring a 1972 Buick Skylark, it is snowing, and really cold. I told him I would go in and get him some gloves (funny how you wouldn’t think you’d need them in April:-). I reached up to the top shelf in the coat closet and found this shirt while searching for the gloves. This is Christopher’s from his “I wanna be a soldier, playing army” days. Seeing this made me realize how long he has wanted this. It is his dream and he is about to embark on it. I am hanging this in the front hallway and there it will stay until he comes home. It will remind me that while this is hard for his mom, it is what he has been working toward for almost his whole life. I am very proud of him and I will be the best ‘Arm Mom’ that I can. I will smile and hold my head up high and proudly and try not to let him see my “mom’s tears”, while praying for him constantly.

5 responses

  1. I will pray for him! Thank him for protecting our country for me! I support what he is doing and without men like him, we wouldn’t be a free country today! Oh by the way, this is my first time commenting on your blog and I just also wanted to let you know that your art is inspiring and beautiful! Hang in there!

  2. I have mom tears and he’s not even my son! Please tell him thank you for for me for going and serving our country and protecting our freedom. Thank you to you for sharing something so precious with our country.You are a brave mother.Blessings..

  3. Hi Pam! 🙂 Thank you for the sweet comment! I think you are right about the hats!I’m sorry you are going through so many emotions right now. I think that you found the costume it SO sweet. It says a lot about you that you raised someone so devoted to defending our country.Please tell your son that I’d like to thank him on behalf of our family. My first was born just weeks after 9/11 and it shook me so hard. What kind of world was I bringing her into? Would we be safe? It is good to know that there are such wonderful men and women out there that are willing to protect us. I wish him the best of luck as he persues his dream!

  4. Pam, I would have mom tears over this too. It’s hard enough when they leave the nest to pursue their lives (my 20 year old is out of town at Uni)…it must be even harder when they choose to leave to do something in life that at once makes your proud and at the same time fear for their safety. You have every reason to be proud of your son — for his wish to serve his country and for having a long held dream come true. Godspeed to him Pam.

  5. My boys are 13 and 7, so I can only imagine what mixed feelings you are having over your son embarking on this new journey. You just have to believe that he is in God’s hands now and whatever happens is meant to be. You should be proud of him, as he is following his heart and his dream. Hugs to you, and may the Lord watch over your son.

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