Countdown to indoc

Discussion in 'Merchant Marine Academy - USMMA' started by ramrela, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. ramrela

    ramrela Member

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    Indoc is fast approaching. I know DS is ready (as ready as he can be) to enter KP. I know it is time for him to move on to bigger and better things. I know that it is time to let him go and embark on this new adventure as a man. I know all of these things, but I am so very sad -- I am going to miss him terribly, and I am sad at the change in family dynamic that is inevitable when the first child leaves for college. I am unbelievably excited for DS, b:frown:ut . . . Any other moms (dads too) need a shoulder to cry on :wink:
     
  2. bugsy

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    I watched a bunch of youtube videos this morning on last years indoc, just getting mentally prepared for our family separation.
     
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    Ramrela

    PM coming your way.
     
  4. KP2013dramamama

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    Yes, I remember this whole time period. But our first went off to college and our ds was still in HS working his hind end off to be able to get into an academy. When he left I felt as if I had a hole in my heart, but on the other hand I had an incredible new found energy w/ being able to focus on a new career at the same time. When my first left, I knew it gave me more time w/ my son, who never had us to ourselves when he came along as the first one did. I think it's taken me till this year to feel not sad he's gone and not to feel like."man I'm not missing him anymore". I think you want to still feel connected. So I suggest helping out by sending cookies, sending letters, even knowing you won't get a complete letter back...maybe an email. I stayed in contact some of his friends who were in town. Also, do go on youtube and see the extremely funny silly stuff the ds and dd do. They may not have a video camera, but you know they are doing it, b/c others are photographing or filming it!!You'll get thru this because you've reached out. :thumb:
     
  5. beyond

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    I'm just excited to meet my class mate, and friend of SAF Mr. Danny Dutton! Maybe I can meet his pet lizard too.
     
  6. NJres

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    hahahahaaa.... I'm changing the locks on the door.
     
  7. kpmom2011

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    just a word....

    great idea to send things, BUT

    Plebe Candidates cannot receive any sort of goodies. don't make a mistake and send things that are not allowed........just saying

    Parents of Candidates/Plebe Candidates, etc.....please don't send things until they are allowed.
     
  8. aooga15

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    it's time....

    NJres... you totally crack me up. We have a family joke that we heard on the Simpsons... and we keep saying it over and over to our DS...
    "Miss ya at first!" lol lol :yllol:
    of course it's a joke...
    but it's still funny!
    Our DS is "ready" The picnic that we went to last weekend was the final straw that was needed for my DS to be "ready". We're packed up, tuition is paid, and he's counting down the days.
    Still... I sympathize with this huge step and having my child gone, the family dynamics at home will change- (but will return when they are home for a visit). Just seems like yesterday he was a baby, then I blinked my eyes and we are here!
    Yet he's ready, excited, anxious, and eager. Thus... let the journey begin!:smile:
     
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  9. cmakin

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    I thought that I was ready for Indoc, all those 30+ years ago. Man, I don't think that anyone, at least a Plebe Candidate can ever really be ready. Those with family that have been through it before are possibly more aware of what will happen, but I am still not so sure about being prepared. Of course, that is the point.

    Having two college age kids myself, and having raised them on my own since they were freshmen in high school, I can appreciate the changing dynamic. I also look forward to the day when they are completely out on their own. While they are not at KP, I couldn't be any prouder for what they have achieved so far.

    But, to reiterate my first point; Mom and Dad, no matter how much things are changing for you at home, your kids are about to go through an even more momentous change in their lives. I hope that they adapt to it and succeed.
     
  10. 2012kpmam

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    Plebe candidates: remember not to let any of the yelling in your face or other "intensive training" get you you. Let it all roll off your back - the DI's are yelling at a name tag, not you personally, so don't take it personally. You are all in the same boat - you just have to survive the experience. This is the easy part, wait til you see what academics they have in store for you. That's when it gets really painful.
     
  11. ramrela

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    I took the advice to watch some of the youtube videos. Last year's indoc video definitely brought tears, while the videos the plebes' antics brought laughs. Although I'm still very sad, I think I'm finally ready to start this next phase of our lives. DS is itching to get started, as most of his friends already have started summer programs at our state schools. Bottom line . . . it's time, and I'm excited for our trip up to NY :thumb:
    Thanks to everyone!
     
  12. bugsy

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    See you next week. We are staying at hilton garden city.

    Good point about yelling at name tag.
     
  13. KPDD2014MOM

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    "Plebe Candidates cannot receive any sort of goodies. don't make a mistake and send things that are not allowed........just saying

    Parents of Candidates/Plebe Candidates, etc.....please don't send things until they are allowed."

    Remeber going to Indoc you are a Candidate, not yet a PLebe Candidate yet so as such you are the poop in the dirt outside the barrel. Parents if you send anything during they will most likely not get any of it - if you send 100s pieces of candy as I did, my DD got one little piece - defintely not worth it - for the price or the mental angusish it may cause your DS/DD that you sent it and they didn't get any of it or very little of it. Also don't send noisy cards (musical cards) or anything that will bring attention to them. BUT definitely do send letters - every day if possible so each mail call they will have something.

    Once Indoc is over you become a Plebe Candidate (the dirt outside the bottom of the barrel). Life will still be tough but at this point you have you mailbox and can receive packages, though food is not one of the oitems that is allowed, unless you are a fall sport athlete and it is NCAA approved.

    After Acceptance weekend you are now a Plebe and have made it into the bottom of the barrel! Congratulations and as someone posted earlier prepare yourself for the vigors of the toughest academic year of your life in addition to all the regimental stuff.

    Congratulations to you all and best wishes for you as you begin your journey. Remember Indoc is only a few weeks and you can get through it - don't take anything personally, don't smile, don't cry, no emotions at all are best - then you can breath a sigh of relief once it ends and move on to the next phase.

    My DD along with all the other's working Indoc have been up there since June 26th preparing for your arrival. Again best wishes and Congratulations!
     

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