The biggest thing right now? The Teenager enlisted in the Army.
Yes, I know the original plan was the Navy. But after three attempts to get an ASVAB/AFQT score high enough for them to take him, he decided that maybe they weren't quite the right fit for him.
You will note, however, that he didn't give up altogether. Oh no. Not this boy. Man. Whatever. No, he just went shopping for the branch that WAS the right fit for him. He found that with the Army. And so he took the physical. Signed the paperwork. Swore the Oath. Chose a career. Received a deployment date for basic training. He made it completely official.
My starter baby is leaving me in just a few short months. He is leaving me, to go learn how to protect and defend all of you.
And I honestly believe I just may be more proud of him for this decision that I would have been if he had received a full-ride athletic scholarship to the college of his dreams. Well, if he'd ever dreamed of colleges and not the military. Apparently, he IS going to be living his dream. Or at least, setting forth on the path towards it. Regardless, I AM so ridiculously beyond proud of him.
This may sound silly, but it occurs to me that this is one more thing in his life that we get to do together: learn to be Army Strong. He as a soldier; me as a soldier's mom.
This is what he will be spending a very large chunk of his time in. Only, you know, a real tank that's not made out of Legos.