My husband's young cousin is going into the military, so his family had a party
June 19, 2009 7:54am CST
for him. It was very nice. Outdoor picnic with all the relatives around plus cake. The cake had an army emblem on it. We had a nice day. I think he did, too. His Mother had to constantly fight back tears and his Dad looked worried. It was a rough day. He will be getting training to be a tank mechanic. We gave him a phone card and I made a copy of the only army private I could find on the internet that wasn't dead. A squirrel, that's right, a squirrel dressed as an army private, that made him laugh. The American Legion where my husband and I go once a month is big on phone cards for active military, hospitalized military, veterans, everybody military. Have you gone to party for someone, hosted one, or had a party for you before leaving to go into the military or to go far away for a job? Have you given cards to someone leaving the area, regular and phone cards? I congratulated him, but didn't know what to say to his mother.
19 Jun 09
Thisis quite a difficult situation as you cannot even congratulate her as maybe she might feels that you are so happy that his son is going away from her and you cannot even show her that you are worried because she might be happy but when listening to you she might change her moods so this is quite annoying. Maybe you just need to ask her what she feels first and then you might add your words too. All the best.
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19 Jun 09
its hard to know what to say to a mom of someone joining the military now, granted, being a tank mechanic isn't the MOST dangerous job he could be doing, but he'll probably be doing it in some dangerous places I guess what you do for his mom is ask after him frequently