Several weeks ago Christopher sent us a letter saying that he had been involved in a shoving match. He did not start the shoving but he did not back down. He told us that he lost a 1/2 months pay and had extra duty but that the Capt told him that since he didn't start it he would still have Family weekend.
Well today we received a letter (remember they never get to make phone calls) and Chris told us that he was told on Monday that rules were rules and that he would not be allowed to participate in Family weekend. He is absolutely devastated and so are we. We had already made hotel reservations and taken vacation days from work. And now instead of being 14 days away from seeing him we are 62 days away.
I understand that rules are rules and that Chris made a mistake and has to pay for it. I do not understand why they said yes first and now change to no. This is a busy important week for them and I am sure this didn't help his morale any. I can only hope that he sucked it up and put is behind him before taking his PT test today. He has had a few days for it to sink in. I know he is a Soldier but he is also 19 years old and away from everyone and everything that he loves, he hasn't heard any of our voices since the day he arrived and lets be honest here, I am PISSED. I want to scream (ok I did that already), throw things (well my cell phone is a bit scuffed) and pitch a down right good ol redneck fit (ummm ok I might have done that also) and what I really want to do is call the base and hit replay but I will not. I will be Army Mom strong and will send him a letter tomorrow saying hold your head up, we will get through this, we are still PROUD of you and still LOVE you. And I will ask each of you to pray that he gets through the next 62 days with a great attitude and all the Army Values that I know he has.
As far as the Army loves Family, Family Morale is everything, with out the family the Army is nothing blah, blah, blah!!!! Well that may take me a few days.