Call me nuts but I have peace of mind

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  1. FLKPMOM

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    I was dreading Indoc and saying goodbye & good luck to our oldest son who is now in 4th company, but I am amazed at how calm and accepting I have been of the new chapter in our son's life. I have actually even wondered why the heck I am not freaking out! (Don't worry, I still check online for pictures, watch the web cam at lunch, and write lots of "support" letters)

    A wise fellow KP dad (marineopsdad) made a very good point that has set my nerves at ease....where else would I know what my freshman son is doing and where he is at all times. Wow! what amazing peace! I knew he had to "go" start a new life this year, somewhere, the Academy makes it a controlled (nerve racking for him I am sure) transition.

    He is 18 now, I hope to God we have done our best to raise him to make good independent decisions, and he knows we are all pulling for him....so does the USPS and my empty wallet from buying stamps!

    Here's to the 2013 cadets and the bright futures ahead of them!::wink:

    Looking forward to meeting many of you at Parents weekend.
     
  2. idahogreers

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    No more bubble wrap

    While I still find my self tearing up at inopportune moments and stalking the photo sites, I too find a bit of a piece of mind. No more bubble wrap concerns. Since February, we've been holding our breath every time DS left the house. Now its done. No longer our job to keep him safe until Indoc. As they said at Indoc, he now belongs to the Commandant.
     
  3. KP13Mom

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    Me three..........

    I agree~much easier than expected:rolleyes: Only 1 or 2 tiny, tiny, tearlets escaped. Everyone keeps asking me if I'm ok and doesn't quite believe me when I say I'm great because I know my DS is where he wants and needs to be.

    We're looking forward to hearing his voice and stories on Sunday. :thumb:
     
  4. Mom8

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    I still miss my son very very much and always will, but I am feeling a little better looking at the most recent photos compared to day 1. I worried for my son and what was going through his mind as he crossed through the doors. But seeing the new pics is almost like his feeling of worry and anxiety of the unknown have sort of subsided.

    Like others have said at least we know exactly where our sons/daughters are everynight.
     
  5. zonker

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    As you come to grips with a somewhat quieter household... do yourselves a favor, sometime between now and the time your DS/DD comes back home [ I know, I know .. it seems sooo far off ].

    1)
    Take your camera. Stand is his/her doorway. Take a few pics. By now, you have returned it to 'museum quality'--everything emptied, dusted, put away, organized JUST SO. It is beautiful, and immaculate. Get closet and bathroom shots too.
    2)
    Find the pics of your DS/DD (or any candidates will do):
    --IRONING their own uniforms,
    --MAKING their own beds (racks),
    --SCRUBBING their own bathroom,
    --ORGANIZING their own room..
    3)
    Within 24 hours of their return, make sure to take the same pics you did in #1.
    The results will be astounding !
    Put them in a frame, side by side. You will crack a smile every time you see the comparisons.

    For us, we were happy to pick things up after the Clothing Tornado/Bomb exploded in his room -- the first few times. ;)
    'Next time'...
     
  6. zonker

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    BTW, write down questions you want to ask your Candidate.
    He/She's on a severe time limit, so let them say whatever they want.
    Boost them.
    What they are doing may be harder than anything they've done before.
    Make sure you find out which company they are in (made more helpful by usmma posting Company Rosters).. just confirm it. Sometimes, things change. Not likely, just check.

    You likely already know how to address mail to them. Get their box number, if it's been assigned.

    Anything they need? Gold Bond/dessenex(sp?), underwear, Dr Scholl's gel inserts[very popular], marking pens, a few extra special shots of family/pets/friends ... (paint a rock wishing your ds/dd 'Good Luck xxxxx', with a lot of his friends , take the pic and send it... does TONS to know that his buddies are thinking of him).
    Have that USPS flat rate box ready to drop off at the post office! It is ALWAYS appreciated.
    I always find stuff at the $1-store, and sent lots for the buddies.

    They have/just got/will soon get their computer. Find out what their email address will be.. if they know it.

    It will likely be FirstName.LastName.2013@usmma.edu;
    So, if you kid goes by 'joe smith', but his real name is 'Tharqmeyer Joseph Smith', his email address will likely be: Tharqmeyer.Smith.2013@usmma.edu;

    Email will be your friend.
    So will the Instant Messaging services (Aim, etc).

    Set up a facebook account for yourself, they have chat as well.. and you can easily post/share pics with your DS/DD.

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    That 5 minute phone call will FLY by !
    Ummm, are you FIRST on the call list, or is the gf/bf getting the call ;) WHOEVER gets the call should contact the other, and tell them all about how your candidate is doing.
     
  7. proudmomcolorado

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    ups packages

    Hi everyone, even though we have no new pictures I am keeping my chin up.

    If I calculate correctly July 25ish is the end of indoc and they can receive boxes from home. Does anyone know if the boxes take extra time getting to Kings Point? We are doing a Sam's Club run this Saturday (we live 2 hours away) so we really appreciate the items that you are saying that the pc like to see from home. Or course all of our ds favorites too.
     
  8. Dave'sMom

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    I use USPS priority mail flat rate boxes (cram them FULL) and mail to my son almost every Monday and he receives it Wednesday.
    I have been sending granola bars, cookies, brownies, gatorade powder and plebe year it was duct tape, pledge, windex, various other cleaning items.
    I would wait to be asked for most things as they are limited in space.
     
  9. wsu85

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    They will be fine

    :thumb:All having watched two d/s's leave and attend a military JUCO on baseball scholarships, they will be fine. Nervous, frustrated, yes, but once the corp way is accepted they excell and realize how positive a place this is. Takes a few months. Don't expect to hear much for a while, but when able he'll contact me, and I'll be ready. Active Duty Sr. Year and S. Korea now.
    Proud of the 2013 Plebes they've made a tremendous choice. WSU85
     
  10. TX2KP

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    Email addresses have yet to be setup. I've tried a couple of combination yet both bounced back :rolleyes:

    Just be patient :wink:
     
  12. poksman

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    Heard from my DS today- doing great, NO complaints, just went through all he's learned and been doing.
    WHEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Peace of mind!
     
  13. 2KPsons

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    Curious - how did you hear from your son?
     
  14. Mom8

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    How did he contact you, by mail?
     
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    He wrote to me and his GF- basically saying the same thing- "just the facts", no whining or complaining. Reading between the lines, I'd say he was proud, not at all defeated- or he is hiding it from us.
     
  16. KP13Mom

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    Poksmom~You got mail????

    Only a few jealous moms here..........Been stalking the mailman for nothin'. Lucky for my kid~the only allergy he has is to pen and paper. Thank you notes, letters etc. - like pulling teeth:redface:

    Glad to hear it was a good letter! Always the best kind. :thumb:
     
  17. 2KPsons

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    Mine flat out told me he won't be writing. He may email once they get their computers, but snail mail? Not happening :)
     
  18. Dave'sMom

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    Mom of a 2011 here, I sent my son off to KP 2 years ago with paper, envelopes, stamps. I have yet to receive a letter! After that first call I was relieved, and parent weekend was one of the most proud moments of my life. Our boys/girls are achievers, they wouldn't be at KP if they were not, even his Eagle Scout ceremony paled in comparison to the moment I saw my boy (man!) in his dress whites, even his khaki "work" uniform! And the parade and acceptance ceremony.....the moment when they have been sworn in, accepted, and then turn to face the rest of the company and march in to take their place.....*tears just remembering. You have left your boys/girls in great hands. They will make you proud.
    This time is tough for parents but it does prepare you for the times you mid will be at sea. There will be no calls then. Emails only. And they will be sparse. BUT they are seeing the world! They are learning to take charge of a vessel 3 football fields long! They are becoming independent adults, just like we hoped. See you all at Parent Weekend! :thumb:
     
  19. proudmomcolorado

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    letters

    Letters are coming, got mine today, two whole short paragraphs. Was told of the tests ds has passed, upcoming tests, and reading thru the lines we were reassured that "most of the stuff here sucks, but there are some moments that make it worth it". Hang in there, letters are coming.

    Does anyone know what pep is, I have now been informed that it is horrible.

    As all the parents know, these pc jumped through many, many hoops to attend the USMMA, and that perserverance will ensure that they will make it through indoc.
     
  20. poksman

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    What is it- pep?
     

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