So, this is my oldest son Christopher. Late last year he enlisted in the army. He has made it through boot camp and his schooling. A few weeks ago he was sent to his duty station in Washington at Fort Lewis. I can't tell you how proud I am of this boy.
This was taken at his graduation from class to his job. He works in the supply department as an automated logistics specialist. I have to say that I was pretty worried about him before he went in. He was aimless, had no plans for the future. He was working at McDonald's. The change in him just over the last months is astounding. He wants to make a career out of the military now. He knows what he wants to do with his life!
Can imagine my relief when he was finally able to tell me what he was going to do with his life? I felt that I didn't have to worry about him any more. It was such a relief. At the time, I didn't realize that this change meant I would worry about him more..lol. Especially with having anxiety already, this seems to have made matters worse for a time. I am still so very proud of him for standing up for what he believes in no matter what everyone else thought of his decision. It takes a man to do that.
Long story short, my boy is now a man, a soldier. I never would have expected this from him, but I am so glad he made the decision. While I still worry about him, I feel confident that he will be able to handle anything that comes his way. I just hope that he doesn't have to go to war anytime soon. I'm not sure how I will handle that.
I am so glad to have had the opportunity to watch this boy grow into a man. I don't know if he knows it, but I am one proud mamma.