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Our son starts the final challenge at bootcamp starting tomorrow he begins the crucible. at the end he will be pinned with the anchor and globe and for the first time be addressed as a Marine. This is a little poem for marine wifes I reworked for parents

When you awake tomorrow to begin the crucible
Hope you know we walked every step with you that was possible?
When you humped all those miles over rough terrain,
... we hope you know we are by your side?
When your rations were low and your belly was hungry,
Did you know that we wish it wasn't you but instead it was us?
When your feet ache and blistered from stress,
Did you know that we will carrying you deep in our chest?
When you were tired and sore and almost ready to fall,
Did you realize we would have carried it all?
When you had little sleep and your eyes were red,
Did you know we would have offered you our bed?
When you had to push and pull for that extra mile,
Did you know that we was so proud and so tall, with such a big smile?
When you went to bootcamp, we went to one too,
It's the one where parents worry over all you go through.
we couldn't eat dessert, knowing that you had no treats,
we felt quilty for wanting to rest, when you had tired feet.
we anguished over ever tough moment, we thought you had
we cried when we missed you, we cried when we was sad
we cried over your letters, that showed your love for us
we cried over thinking about the day you would come home.
we cringed if we thought someone was yelling at you
Even though we knew it's what they had to do.
we lost sleep just wondering how you are
we prayed and thought and even wished upon a star.
Now your almost through and soon you will be
One of The Few The Proud, a New MARINE
we get an Honor too for going through the bootcamp for parents
we get to hug you and hold you in our arms
we get to see how handsome you really are
we get our bright shining star
No we don't get a medal or a pin to wear
we don't get to sport that awesome Marine Hair
our reward is one that can't be seen
It's called "Being the Parent of a U.S. Marine."
 

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Well said! I'm sure your wife deserves the credit for "suffering it through" even more than you.
"Mr. and Mrs River*" Be PROUD. May "little River" run straight and strong, and be proud of you.

(* I can't get myself to include the rat in your names--you're so not ratty.)
:hi: (this is as close as I could get to a salute)
 

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S-A-A-A-A-L-U-T-E (and that is a hard and crispy one from me also).

You must really be proud of those young MEN for making that decision!!
 

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Great poem! There are groups, support groups for Marine families.
It is the "eagle, globe and anchor" Your son will correct you if you forget.
 

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He will come out of there a changed man.
Made all the difference in my youngest son when he came out. He was a good kid when he went in, came out a good man.
You can be proud of him!
Robert
 

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they slipped one by us they started the crucible a day early my son as of about 9 this morning finished up and is now officially a marine. 2 sons through marine boot camp within a year. i be one proud papa :thumbsup:
 
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