We are back home and the trip is over. Mom cannot turn off the waterworks. I cannot stop feeling like whatever my CS (Candidate Son) does now is a direct reflection on how well I did my job as a father. We are still in shock. It is quite humbling to know the real adventure of his life is just beginning and the adventure we were blessed to share with him for 17 years is now over. It is, indeed, out of our hands. We ask him to remember and act upon the old saying: "Pray like it's all up to God, and WORK like it is all up to you!" ...... Go get 'em son. The USMMA is a fantastic family. INDOC day1, was well planned and displayed a great deal of unexpected empathy toward parents taking this journey for the first time. The support displayed by so many parent volunteers, alumni, staff and midshipmen was simply amazing. High ranking officers and administration personnel walking around, talking to so many folks, etc. was very reassuring. Admiral Worley and CMDR (Commandant?) Fell both spent about five minutes speaking to us, one on one. (We were a little earlier than most....getting there around 07:10... the crowd appeared about 30-40 minutes later).....Our son walked through the doors at about 07:25 and being early, I'lll bet he sure received some up close and personal attention! Thank You eveyone out there that has been where we are now. Your help and experiences have been a blessing. We certainly hope our young man is successful and provides us an opportunity to give back and join the ranks of "wise parents" on this board and working with our parent association.