So I haven't been on here for a while, guess I was just avoiding things, time for that to change. I need that support I felt when our son first told us 6 months ago that he wanted to join the Navy. My wife suggested I join Navydads.com and I am so glad I did.
That 6 months went fast and he ships out next Tuesday.
I have no doubt he'll be a great sailor! That he'll have a great adventure and become the man we know he can be.
And I feel confident that he is starting this new journey with the overwhelming support of his family and friends. We could not be more proud of his decision and his drive!
But now my heart aches, for that little boy that followed his dad around the house, walking off with tools as I tried to get something done, then learning to use those tools to fix things himself. It aches for that little boy at his first baseball game, football game, wrestling match, track meet, soccer game and cross country event (he never stopped), and all the time we spent at those cheering him on for victory or comforting him in defeat, in rain snow or sunshine, teaching him that's all part of life. It aches for the young man as he drove off in the car for the first time alone! With both his mom and I a nervous wreck!........I think we did ok.
Tuesday when we say goodbye for now will not be easy, but knowing we are now part of a new family, a family of proud Navy people, really helps!
My wife posted a couple things on Facebook today that have just added to my tears but say it so good:
Loving a sailor is not hard.
The distance is hard.
The worry is hard.
The sacrifices are hard.
But loving him is the easiest thing I have ever done!
A father is neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.
Wherever that light takes you son you will always be our little boy!
God please protect my son and God Bless the USA!
Time to look forward to his PIR!