My youngest graduated from high school Saturday. Yesterday, he left for Parris Island. He’s going Marine reserves, same 13 week boot camp as active. We got our scripted phone call at 3AM today that he’s there. No conversation allowed, more or less him just announcing he’s there. It’s going to kill me and his mother before we get our first letter from him. We are in angst, not knowing exactly what he’s going through and when. Yes, we have an outline, and I’ve heard plenty of stories. He is mentally prepared for this. I have no doubt about that. I just can’t believe how powerless I feel, being in the dark! So the question is, has your child been to Marines boot camp? When did you start to feel a little more relaxed? If I have to go 13 weeks, I’ll be wound up tighter than a spring! Did you go through Marine boot camp? I hear the first 2-3 weeks is the worst. When did you turn the corner and know you made the right decision?