I just got back from KCI - put my Marine on the plane at the end of his pre-deployment leave. Katie was with me and that made it easier. They were very calm with their goodbyes.
Left him with the "Standing Orders of the House".
Stay out of trouble
Sometimes you can't stay safe or out of trouble to stay honorable, but if you get INTO trouble or get hurt, it had better damn well be for an honorable cause. - Modern Marine Mom's version of the Spartan woman’s traditional farewell to a departing warrior, "Return with your shield or on it."