I keep thinking it will get easier. But it doesn't.
I'm not quite ready to go over all the details...I just can't seem to stop tearing up and crying. Little things...like when Belle and I got home from shopping in Bellingham, and the house door opened and Ian came into the garage to help us unload.
For a second, I fully expected to see Shelby come through the door because she was always the first one out to help.
Seeing the blanket she left in the Suburban (not allowed at Beast) when we got back to the Seattle airport.
Washing what was left of her laundry at home.
Finding the 31 selfies she left on my iPhone. :)
Crying in church when Jeff prayed for her. Oh my gosh, I have GOT to stop crying in church.
In a nutshell (more when it's not so raw)....
Yes, the 60 second good-bye sucks. And it sneaks up on you even though you know it's coming.
I have been absolutely stalking Facebook, because parents post pictures of cadets they happened to see...between FB and Flickr, literally almost 1,000 pictures...for a glimpse of my daughter. And I have found her. :) They call it Where's Waldo.
If bun-spotting were an Olympic event, I could medal in finding Shelby.
The not knowing is the worst for me. I can't call or text to see what she's doing. And I know it's all part of the plan, and for the good. But it still sucks.
The cadets got an extra, surprise 1 minute phone call on July 4! It was so good to hear her voice! I asked her how it was, and she said..."Well, some parts are terrible...and some parts are just the best stuff ever!" I asked her what was terrible and she said it's just a lot of hard work. :) No blisters...and she hates the wool blanket they are issued. Seriously. It's like 90° there now. And oh yeah, she had over-packed and that was my fault. (Probably.) "I had the heaviest bag in the whole company Mom!" lol
The annual fireworks/concert was postponed due to bad weather...so they had it last night. So cool that they got to do something fun. :)
I think I've written her 5 letters so far. I sent her the church bulletin and Belle's sermon notes with her illustrations (it was Jonah, so they're pretty cute). I sent her the Sunday comics. Hey, after reading on FB that one Mom sent chicken feathers from home...it's all fair game!
Another photo I found:
And from the Oath Ceremony:
And if you are interested, another West Point Mom put together an absolutely amazing video of the Oath Ceremony...