Week 5 calls come at very varied times. I have heard of some calls coming as earlier as Thursday, some as late as Tuesday (week 6). We received our call on Saturday morning around 11:15 am.
Some helpful info... Send him your cell phone number in a letter. Yes, he has probably dialed it a million times but probably from a speed dial or programmed number. He might actually forget it! Just in case he does, forward your house phone to your cell so no matter where he calls, it will go to your cell phone.
When he does call... this is a formal inofmational call. Don't waste your time & his by saying you love him a million times, telling him how grammy is, telling him how the dog finally learned how to drink from the toilet without slobbering... Say hello and LISTEN! He will probably talk pretty quickly, it will be noisy and he will have a lot of stuff to tell you. Keep a pencil and a piece of paper handy. When you hear where he is going you are going to have questions. We will want to answer them for you... but if you say "He is on a boat in Virginia" wow, we won't be able to help! But if you say he is on the Seneca, in Boston, Mass well then we can be a wealth of info! :)
When he is all done telling you about his station, there may be time to talk. I was literally yelling and talking like a speed talker! Colin just said "mom, lower, slower, it's all good" Then I realized I had a minute to actually talk to him. That was about it, a minute. He said he had a lot of shipmates that needed to make their calls and he wanted to let the next guy use the phone. I got in a couple of love yous and he was gone.
Scott (my boyfriend) said well???? I turned to look at him and busted out in tears. Poor Scott just said "No, no tears, you handled that so well... no tears!" LOL I was ok after a minute.
Proud mom of
SN Robertson, Colin