My advice to you is to prepare yourself for when you return to your house after that initial drop off. Up until that time you are busy with getting your son ready so have some items, events, something lined up those first few weeks because you don’t want to be constantly calling or texting him and asking him how it is going.
Set a schedule to text and talk. I do a nightly text before bedtime check in and a Sunday Skype call.
Get him a mattress topper!
When you go into Chattanooga, if you have the ability, invite some of your sons’ friends out to dinner. You will get a wonderful insight into his world.
Do NOT over-pack. He needs enough clothes for about 9 days. It’s enough, really!
Finally, this is a variation on a quote by Jen Hatmaker; McCallie helps prepare my son for the path, not the path for the son.
Tammy Belisle (Joey ’16 & Joshua ’19)
More soon! GO BLUE!!