My son, Rob, is more than halfway through boot camp now, past the hardest first three weeks of adjustment, learning and getting used to the T.I. yelling all the time. Now, he's into "the fun stuff" like the gas chamber, shooting, the obstacle course, etc.
It's been an adjustment for him because he was named "Dorm Chief" and must lead his 48 fellow trainees. Their mistakes are his mistakes and responsibilities, so he has an added burden. While others are writing letters at night, Rob is doing his own inspections and helping others in their tasks. "I wanted to fly under the radar, but that didn't work," he said.
He has written two wonderful letters and phoned us 3 times (4 if you count the camp's mandatory 25-second phone call they make within 72 hours to let you know they arrived safely). I missed the first two phone calls!! I had my cell phone by my side constantly ~ except for 10 minutes when I dashed into a friend's house, and that's when he called that weekend!!! Finally, after he was gone for a month, I got his phone call a week ago and heard his voice!!
It has been four weeks of waiting for the phone to ring and stalking the mail man! But I've gotten used to the routine in a way. I know he doesn't have much time to write, so I'm easing off the mail man. And he's called on weekends, so I don't expect anything until the weekends. And I know he will call if he can. And I've googled and googled on the internet and read all I can about boot camp. That helps to sort of visualize what he may be doing.
And now we are looking forward to his graduation on Sept. 25, his 22nd birthday. He said they are already doing some prep work for graduation (I assume he means marching practice, etc.), and that is a big psychological boost for him ~ and for us!