First call home!

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  1. singaporemom

    singaporemom Member

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    Son sounded fantastic! He's received the care packages, gets to keep everything. Joined the choir, qualified expert in pristol, marksman in rifle, upped his personal best in pushups and running, likes drill, looking into the sports, trying to figure out his major. Everything is POSITIVE! I can sleep tonight. The only thing he wants us to send are Electrolyte chews by Cliff. I hope everyone else is having positive phone calls.:groupwave::groupwave:
     
  2. themutis

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    We also had a great call - Son sounded better than I've ever heard him!

    Said the days are long but full, lacrosse is starting three times a week, his roommates are great, his leaders are great... all good stuff. Received the care packages and they should hold him for a while.

    Yes, sleep will come easier tonight
     
  3. jennyp

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    Isn't that just the best, singaporemom and themutis? That positive phone call! I know you cannot wipe the smiles off your faces right now! Ours was the same last summer. I was relieved, although I didn't expect any different.
     
  4. awriter2

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    Also received a great phone call. He sounded happy and is enjoying the full experience. He said the days go by very fast.

    He enjoyed rolling in dirt and mud ??? :rolleyes: Not sure what that was about but he loved it!

    He will be boxing!:shake:

    We let him do all of the talking and asked very few questions. He received the care package sent out and says he has plenty to eat. He even likes the food! That's my boy!

    I've been smiling since and will sleep vey well tonight.
     
  5. singaporemom

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    With the shell shocked look on his face at Induction Day I wasn;t quite sure what to expect. So glad that he's talking about what major to choose, if he should do crew or sailing...talking about the future at USNA! Great signs.
     
  6. falconchic88

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    I agree singaporemom, these are great signs. Our son's call wasn't so positive, he flat out told us it was harder than he thought, not the physical stuff, he said that was easy for him, but the being away part,the most he's been away from his family was 11 days at Boys State, and then he could call and text when ever he wanted. I was encouraged thought that he was trying out for Sprint football and was singing in the church choir--looking to the future is a good thing!
     
  7. usna2012mom

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    How long did they get to talk? We had short calls and the detailers were yelling the remaining time throughout the conversation.
     
  8. MIHOSER

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    It was very hard to hear. It sounded like 40 phone calls at once, which is what it was. Our Son told us they were standing in formation, at attention, making their calls as a platoon.

    We could hear the detailers in the background as well.
     
  9. PositiveThinking

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    Our call was about 30 minutes long. Evidently the detailers were walking up and down the lines during the phone calls. When asked about shaving, our son said something like "I'm shaving every morning before PEP" and I could hear the detailer yell "no he's not!" :biggrin: It was making our son laugh. I can see how it would be funny if plebe was happy and things were going well. But if the plebe was struggling and wanted to unload, the lack of privacy would be just one more burden. It is what it is, though, and it seems like they were all dealing with it! :thumb:
     
  10. MomoftheMagik

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    Same here, the first thing DS said was, "I'm standing in formation, at attention in the blaring sun trying to talk to you." Then he said, "I just want to hear about home, dont wan't to talk about here." That worried me, but after a few minutes he began to relax and then we couldn't shut him up! :shake: He did say it was harder than he expected, mostly being treated like a lower life form, but he also had lots of positive things to say. I felt pretty good about the whole thing. There were only two other times in his life when I couldn't get him to shut up about something. (He's usually pretty quiet.) One was after a mission trip to Africa; the other was after NASS, both of which he loved. I'm taking that as a good sign, but I know from my experience with my enlisted son, things can change in a moment. So, I'm going to keep encouraging him and praying for all the Class of 2014 Plebes!
     
  11. singaporemom

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    Son had at least 30 minutes. While we were talking to him we tried to locate his girlfriend, with no luck. He tried to call her and then called us back. He was very chatty! Also wrote a letter that is on the way. I could just hear that people were talking, but he didn't sound anxious and no one was yelling. He said that he avoids getting yelled at by doing things correctly, but then he eventually gets yelled at for doing things correctly! It sounds like he's figuring out how to get ahead of the game just a bit...for a split second.

    Son has the advantage of a lifetime of travel and being away from home often. So the homesickness is not playing into the equation here. I'm sure everyday will have it's ups and downs.
     
  12. MomoftheMagik

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    Singaporemom, sounds like our calls were very similar. DS even tried to call girlfriend, left a message for her and called us back. Homesickness isn't much of an issue here either since he was away from home a couple of times per year during his high school career. I was more worried about him missing his girlfriend than us:rolleyes:, but he seems to be handling it well.


    Anyone hear anything about dentist visits, especially in regard to wisdom teeth?
     
  13. usna2012mom

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    Oh yes, the GF. We had GF at our house for the calls. He only had 5 - 10 minutes. He didn't have time to make multiple calls. We talked for a few mins then gave GF the phone. He told us in every letter to tell GF that he loves her...then he would say...I love you too, but it is different. We knew what he meant, but it was funny to see him try to explain it.
     
  14. MomoftheMagik

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    usna2012mom: Just curious, if you don't mind my asking, is that GF still in the picture? I know about the 2% club, but I met two grads on the yard on I-Day that had just married their high school sweethearts.
     

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