This past Monday evening my son, his mother, and I went to the recruiter's office. She and I signed consent forms, and my son signed up for the Army's Delayed Entry Program. He signed up for a 5-year commitment as a Military Policeman.
This morning when he left for school was the last time (for a very long time) that I'll see him as a civilian.
After school today the recruiters took him to a hotel, and at zero-dark-thirty tomorrow they'll take him and several others downtown for medical exams. Assuming he passes the medical exam, some time between 12:30 and 5:00 tomorrow afternoon he'll be sworn in.
I'll be there. Beaming. And maybe, just maybe, the slightest bit hesitant. Maybe I want to hold on just a little bit longer :-)