Ft. Jackson graduates around 50% of the Army's basic training program. One would think that they'd have more to do for the families on family day given that fact. But no, there's almost nothing. The refrain from almost every soldier we talked to was "Did you find anything interesting to do?" "No, we just wandered around the ____ for awhile." Almost every soldier did eat WAY too much. Damm certainly did :D We walked into the commissary and he stopped in awe at the sight of their little cake aisle.
But before all that: There was a little demonstration beginning at 9am. Around 9:25 am they released us to go find our soldiers. Damm looks sooo different. I won't say that I didn't recognize him because I did, but it almost felt like that. The Orclette recognized him right away although it took her a couple of hours to warm up to him. By the end of the day she only wanted her daddy to hold her :D
I was in pain all day yesterday. I haven't been able to sleep and I think I got maybe 8 hours of sleep the two days before Family Day. So I woke up yesterday with the worst headache I have EVER had. Obviously I was also exhausted. And the lower back has joined with the legs to rebel against me and they are pretty much sore all the time now. I didn't let any of that stop me, although I did cut the day short when it got too bad. Thank God, and I say that sincerely and heartfeltfully, that I got a full nights sleep tonight. All pains except for lower back and legs have gone away, and the soreness is nothing I can't handle.
Today we watch Damm graduate and then he gets to come off base. We're planning on taking a nice long nap in an AC'd room. Bliss.