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Old 03-28-2009, 05:21 PM
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Anyone from Camp Lejeune or Camp Johnson? Any tips on what there is to do in the area?

My 17 year old daughter left MCT and is now at Johnson....homesick like crazy...says there is nothing to do.
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Old 03-28-2009, 06:02 PM
Location: Swansboro
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I have 4 girls here in the area within minutes of Lejeune, and they always complain about nothing to do....

But my oldest one never minds going to the Jville Mall, Cineplex, tons of restaurants, and there are always community festivals going on somewhere...Seems like every weekend...The beaches will be getting busy soon, EI has a waterslide park, several putt putt courses, go carts, etc...

What is she interested in?
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Old 03-28-2009, 07:53 PM
Location: Abalama by way of Tejas
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I'm headed to a civilian job at Camp LeJeune in May.

Look at the LeJeune website. In addition to miles of jogging trails, gyms and maybe the best beach in the state, there is a bowling alley, library with plenty of movies to check out, hobby shops and plenty of sporting options Sports

What your daughter is experiencing is unpleasant but normal. And healthy - it's called "growing pains." I think that maybe you are having some, too.

I have moved many times, both before and after I married my (now retired) Navy husband. I can tell you what I expect with regard to my own upcoming move as a result of all of the moves to all of the states that I have lived in:

1) No matter how well I prepare myself, I will experience some culture shock. I'm a southern girl, but NC, aside from a couple of weekend getaways, is unknown to me. I'm not a small town girl. The lack of amenities that I am accustomed to WILL be chaffing to me. I will mourn the dearth of ethnic restaurants until I resign myself to cook at home more.

2) I will experience some period of acute misery. When my new husband dragged me off to Portsmouth, VA I cried every single day for six weeks. I mourned Portsmouth when we moved to New Orleans, but it was less traumatic. Age and experience help with gaining perspective. The upcoming move will have its own upheaval, but this, too, shall pass.

3) The sooner I engage myself and the more I engage myself in my new home, the easier the transition will be. Creating a sense of belonging takes effort. What are your daughter's interests?

I am a pottery hobbiest. I have already contacted a local potter who is helping me with the connections that I will need to get my clay "fix."

I do yoga for fitness - I'm scouting out those connections.

I love the natural world. I'll be taking the appropriate Audubon field guide with me to learn the birds, fish, fowl and reptiles in the area.

Your daughter needs to actively follow existing interests and explore new opportunities. She will have LOTS of social support from her fellow Marines. Your daughter also need to know that Mom is not in crisis as a result of her departure. All of the things that she should be doing and that I will be doing, you should be doing also. Our children don't need to bear our emotional burdens. We need to model for them what a resourceful adult does in a time of need. She will feel more open to the adventure that is before her if she sees that Mom is on an adventure of her own.

Best wishes to you on your adventure.
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