Some Good News and a Thank You

I received a letter from Andrew yesterday (two, actually!) The letter was dated June 11th. He told me that the stitches were removed from his hand and if all went well with his physical test, he’d be joining a new company on Friday (today) and leaving for Camp Pendleton to began phase two training. “I should be calling soon.” He wrote.

I figured the call would come that day or sometime today, so I made sure to carry my phone wherever I went. I didn’t receive a call yesterday, so last night was another rough one. I tossed and turned. I checked my phone repeatedly to be sure the volume was turned up. I got out of bed, watched t.v. I did NOT eat hot cheetos, in fact? I didn’t put any food into my mouth! I picked up the box containing all of my son’s letters and began to read them over again.

I miss my son, his written words comfort me.

I finally crawled back into bed at 3am. The last time I looked at the clock it was 4:38am. The next thing I knew, the home phone was ringing. I jumped out of bed, looked at the number. It was a San Diego area code.

It was my son.

“Hi mom. I just wanted you to know I’m being placed in the Fox company. I’ll be leaving for phase two training.”

Relief flooded over my mind and body.

We didn’t get to chat, but he did say “I love you.” And that was enough for me.

My son’s hand has healed and he’s back in training. August 10th will be his new graduation date.

Today was a good day.


I just checked the mail, there was a letter from my son. He received the letter that I sent with all of your comments and words of encouragement for him.

“Thanks for the print out, Mom. It was very encouraging.”

Thank you to each one of you who took the time to leave those words for my son. I’m so blessed to have so many wonderful people sharing in this journey with me and my son. We are both grateful.

11 thoughts on “Some Good News and a Thank You

  1. Christie

    I’m so happy for you and so glad that Andrew’s hand has healed. πŸ™‚

    I’ve been reading your blog forever and while the writing has changed some over the years, what has remained consistent is how very much you love your children and your family. I truly look forward to every post – especially ones like this. <3

  2. Shana

    I’ve been away from your blog for awhile; I was floored when I came back today and learned that Andrew had joined the Marines. I know you’re worried and proud and scared and excited for him – it’s a big committment, and a life-changer for all of you. Please let him know he’s in my thoughts, and while it’s hard to leave those guys you start the process with, he’ll develop strong relationships with the folks he ends it with, too. Trust in the good job you’ve done with him, and the outstanding adult he’s becoming. Tony, too – it’s Father’s Day, after all. πŸ™‚

  3. margaret

    My father received a wicked slice to the hand when he was in the Army Air Force in the Northwest prior to shipping out in WWII. My Mom left the east coast & stayed with him because he had developed an infection and couldn’t ship out with his group. He ended up shipping out with a group that worked in India servicing aircraft bombing China instead of going with the group that all died in Indochina during the Guadocanal horror. All things happen for a reason.

  4. Leah

    I have always thought how weird it is that even though you usually don’t meet the people of the blogs you read, you still become invested in their lives. You are an awesome mom! Been reading for years!

  5. pam

    I keep having trouble seeing your blog so I haven’t been able to tell you that … the posts about your son and his leaving were so sad, and so wonderful — all at the same time. Made me cry.. ugly tears… while reading. All of which is to say that

  6. Marcilia

    Just a note to let you know you guys are thought of often. Continue to check in for updates. Trust all is well.

  7. Mindy Barker

    I’m a long time lurker that is worried because you haven’t posted in so long. Please just let us know that things are ok. πŸ™‚

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