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I dont want him to go.

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One of my older sons wants to join the army. Being selfish I dont want him to go as he will probably be sent to Afghanistan and I dont want him to die, not like that. I know I have to let him go so I was mortified when his guitar books from school got wet and almost ruined so I hug them out to dry.
19th Nov 2006, 12:19  

yeah it's a tough time, feeling for you ;-)

19th Nov 2006, 12:22

mrs540air says:

Thanks, I know I have to let all my kids live their own lives and make their own choices, it's just hard sometimes

19th Nov 2006, 12:24

SweetMags says:


19th Nov 2006, 12:26

mrs540air says:

thanks sweetmags - much appeciated :-)

19th Nov 2006, 12:30

Dhamaka says:


19th Nov 2006, 12:45

mrs540air says:

thanks D.

19th Nov 2006, 12:48

factotum says:

These are wonderful photographs. They really convey the maternal dilemma, loving and letting go.

19th Nov 2006, 13:04

SaharaSB says:

oh bless you.... that's tough. great pics

19th Nov 2006, 13:22

mrs540air says:

Thanks Factotum and SaharaSB *sighs* but accepts the inevitable. Having lost one son and then found him again last year.

19th Nov 2006, 14:19

SaharaSB says:

that sounds an interesting story...?!?!

19th Nov 2006, 14:46

Viv says:

Oh dear - that really is so tough
I feel for you - HUGs from me too!

19th Nov 2006, 15:42

mrs540air says:

thanks Viv :-)

19th Nov 2006, 15:49

lizziepants says:

mrs540 -- I can't really fathom why that top shot didn't get the clicky. amazing stuff, touching, too.

19th Nov 2006, 16:31

mrs540air says:

thanks Lizziepants

19th Nov 2006, 17:44

Geodyne says:

Unfortunately kids have to be allowed to make their own mistakes as they grow. I can definitely understand your reluctance to acquiesce to this decision's very hard to let the child you've spent your life protecting move towards possible danger.

19th Nov 2006, 17:49

MaggieD says:

Oh dear, not good news .... I must say I feel for you ... I know we have to let our children live their own lives and make their own choices ... and sometimes as parents we are too emotionally involved to talk to them objectively .... school must have careers advice ... or if that is not an option then someone he can talk to that will give him an acceptable alternative (because there must be one) .... HUGS ... and yes that top shot is brilliant ... I did the same with a piece of my son's coursework ....

19th Nov 2006, 17:51

Mrs540air says:

thanks Geo :-) for your kind thoughts, you are right of course. I would never stop him and will be there for him every step of the way despite my own political , ethical, moral, etc etc etc, misgivings, because he is my son. I will deal with whatever I have to when I have too. I'm just feeling it a little bit particularly when you see news reports and programmes and I just wonder how other people manage and how awful it must be for them. sorry I'm rambling now.

Thanks Maggie - my son left sixth form over a year ago. He had a place at university to study philosophy, but then decided it wasnt what he wanted. to do. I know that in the end things will turn out the way they are meant to be. I'm just sounding off a bit I guess.

Thankyou All for your kind thoughts :-)

19th Nov 2006, 18:54

FilbertFox says:

bless you all. you are right in being anxious, but you are being the best sort of parent possible, voicing concerns is fine putting forward other possibilities, and then standing by and supporting come what may.

20th Nov 2006, 09:02

anonymous says:

nooooo its simple kidnap him and keep him hostage!!

I know how I would feel

20th Nov 2006, 16:14

swamprose nli says:

the photograph says so much. he'll meet the canadian boys over there too. they are all so young.

hard, being a mom, sometimes. and hard being a kid. love him to bits. big hug.

20th Nov 2006, 16:41

mrs540airNLI says:

thanks SR the thing is things can change and sometimes our worst fears our never actually realised and I knew from thje moment I had all of them they would bring me joy and haertache, but thats the deal :-)

20th Nov 2006, 17:38

JokerXL says:

I spent a few years in the forces, was a great time, best choice I ever made. Second best was getting out again when I did.
The chances of seeing any real "action" are minimal, even for the ones serving in those strange places.
As you say yourself; I think you'll just have to let him get on with it and support him all he needs.
I'll talk to you both about it some more in London next week.
Don't worry, he'll be fine.

21st Nov 2006, 17:57

Grace says:

Och... I know what you are going through. My son is scheduled to go to Afghanistan in February. I do not want him to go!!!!! It is so hard just to think about it. I am hoping that maybe there is a way he can still say no, and not go. But i fear it is not going to happen.

15th Jan 2007, 15:54