Just getting teary as I read posts from newly appointed mids and cadets. Parents that are booking one way tickets. Deep breath! Today my plebe turns 19 and it's his first birthday I have not baked cupcakes or pulled my hair out while 20 little guys are playing football in my front yard. He received his computer monitor from Best Buy yesterday and the cookie cake arrives today. I am so very proud of him since it sounds as if his Plebe year has been very succesful. But if I could wiggle my nose and beam me up, I would give anything for a hug from my baby. You receive mountains of paperwork, tons of advice, but the one thing you are not prepared for is that ache in your heart.