Monday, August 30, 2010
I've covered many dozen homecomings and goings over the years and they never seem to get old. There are so many raw emotions from family members who are seeing their military spouses for the first time in months. It's not always happiness either, there are a lot of awkward situations, like when the kids don't remember Dad. Basically you never know what you're going to get, but it's usually full of passion. I can't imagine how difficult some of these re-acclimations to family life must be. Dad is used to getting up every day and shooting people or being shot at(high doses of daily adrenaline, Mom is having to hold the fort down at home with the kids alone.(lots of fatigue and a little bitterness). So you get the two together after a year being away and all these emotions combine into this cocktail that is just waiting to explode.