A Letter to my Son11:01 AM
Many of you may wonder why I chose to put something so personal and special out for the world to see. I am proud of my son, and know that this is a life changing event for him and know that many other parents have felt and will feel this same way one day. I write this,so that in years to come, even if my son no longer has the paper letter, he can look back here, and see, a Mother's Love. This is a bit harder for me than I thought, it's scary to me because in 2005 we lost my Nephew in Iraq to this war, and now my son leaves to fight for us, to be one of the Brave that chooses to take this path.
June 10th, 2014
The day you were born, I found out just how strong a Mother's Love could be. I knew that I would do whatever it took to protect you, and would always show you how loved you are. Tomorrow, you leave here a Boy, yet the next time I see you, you will be a man. However, you will always be my little boy.
I am so very proud of you and what you have accomplished over the past 18 years. I wondered on a daily basis if I was doing the right things for you, if I was being the Mom you deserved, and I must have done something right because I have the 3 most amazing kids!
I know that sometimes I was over protective, and how much you hated that I wanted to know where you were and who you were with at all times. I also know how much you loved it when I was there for every sporting event, every awards ceremony and every special moment in your life. I know that I was not always the best Mother and that I made mistakes along the way, but the one thing I made sure you always knew, was that my love for you was never ending, that I would always be there or you and love you unconditionally.
No matter how hard this is for me, I know it's time that I have to let you spread your wings and fly. I know that the path you have chosen in life is the path that was meant for you. When you were 8 years old, you told me you were going to be a soldier. Many kids say that and then change their minds a gazillion times over the next several years , but you never wavered. When Wes was killed at War , it only seemed to cement that path for you and I was terrified. My heart broke that the things you wanted, to be close to that side of the family was something that I had tried to give you but failed at, but you remembered Wes so very well and looked up to him. I never tried to talk you out of it, because I think that I thought you would change your mind, you were only 10 when he died, but so mature! Once you hit High School, I thought for sure that you would choose a different path because you were just so super smart, but once again, I saw how steadfast you were about being a Soldier. The past 10 years you have never spoken about being anything other than a U.S. Soldier, and now here we are, and I can say proudly, my Son is a Soldier in the U.S Army, and not only that, you are doing what very select few do, and going to basic as a Private 1st class, an E3.. All because you chose your path early in life and followed it, because you worked hard to make your dreams come true.
I Know that you will set the world on fire with your determination, motivation and overall persona. I am proud of you my son, you are an amazing young man.
I am only just a phone call away. I love you my Son and am so proud of you and the Man you have become. Basic won't be easy, trust me when I say this because I have been there, but I have no doubt in my mind that you got this!
So now, it's time for me to let my little boy grow up, to take the world by storm. It's such a hard thing for me to do, but I know it's what is best for you. I love you my Son, and can't say enough about how proud I am of you. The bond between us has always been so strong and nothing can take that away or change that. Go out there and be the best that you can be!
I am proud to be a Mom of a U.S. Soldier, PVT 1st Class Dustin R. Williams.