Last week we received an email, informing us that he had finally initiated a course of action to join the military. He has decided to try out for the British Paratroopers and has been given the 'green light' for the first stage of entry.
|He can't be serious???|
In fact, ever since I can remember he has always been fascinated with war history, heroes and the defence force. As a little boy, he loved playing with those little plastic green army men and would spend hours setting them up in huge platoons across his bedroom floor, planning and stategising tactics.
I always thought he would grow out of this obsession of his, but to this day his yearning for this pathway has remained strong.
Even though I constantly worry about him, I try not to think too far ahead at what might happen in the future. I never thought in a million years that this would be a career my little man would pursue. One thing I have learnt as a parent though, is that we cannot control or determine what our children will be like or how they will live their lives and at some point, we have to let go! As they become adults, our role as parents change. We have to learn to become good listeners and watch from the sideline, supporting and encouraging without judgement.
I am really sad to think that if he makes it through, we may not see him for a long while, but at the same time, I am incredibly proud of his strength and determination.
No matter what happens, he will always be my little'Power Ranger'.
I will keep you informed...