Tomorrow, March 12th, marks 5 weeks since my niece reported to bootcamp with the USA Navy. Felicia is a seaman recruit, and she is my hero. Words cannot express how grateful I am that Felicia chose this for herself and that she followed-through with one of the hardest decisions she may have ever made. With that said, I was beyond proud of her when she passed her fitness test (week 1). Felicia said that if she made it thru week 2 there was no doubt she would it to graduation day. Graduation for her is April 6, 2018!
I have had friends who had family members serve with the US Military, but I’ve not experienced the feelings one does when I loved one chooses to serve in the Military. I have experienced worry, fear, excitement, joy, and wonder. To be honest, I try not to take in the news and consider the “what ifs” because that is a joy-stealer to the max! The silence has been hard – I want daily updates, but that does not happen when your loved one is in bootcamp… However, I can tell you that when I received a hand written letter from Felicia on her 2nd week, I was beyond thrilled. You would have thought the letter was worth a million dollars; and to me…it was. I waited until I had a quiet moment so I could slowly open her letter to see if I could find a secret code telling me how she is really doing (is she safe, is she making friends, is she scared? – I don’t think she would be that transparent with me, but I was hopeful). Instead, Felicia was upbeat, excited about what she was accomplishing, and only complaining about how hard the workouts were – not that she wouldn’t do them. For a moment there I thought… I can never complain about my workouts ever again! Ha! I’m a very proud aunt.
Once we got word we could write to Felicia, I wanted to show her how much I think of her and how much I love her so I designed this greeting card for Felicia. I felt my heart pounding thru my chest when I put her card in mail because because it dawned on me that she had a new title… SM, Wingle, Felicia.. Proud Aunt Moment all over again. Aunt T