Friday, December 17, 2010
Yet another homecoming and I still fight to hold back a tear or two after seeing couples re-unite after a looooong 7 month deployment. There are also many awkward observations that are a challenge to capture such as the kids who don't quite remember Dad and are wondering who this guy is that Mommy is kissing all over, the pain and joy that parents and grandparents display that their Daughter/Son has yet again come home in one piece, and possibly small bits of stuffed anger that spouses hold against their husbands or wives about leaving them for such a long period of time. For obvious reasons though, I can't help but thinking how many babies will, or are going to be created once they get home. I know, I know, it's a really tacky thing to be thinking about but the sexual tension is in-escapable. The ladies are usually a bit too made-up, outfits a bit tight, and the array of perfumes that fill the air are almost gagging. That, combined with young, testosterone driven Men and a year of celebacy is recipe for some procreating.
All of my immatureness aside, I have a tremendous amount of respect for what these folks go through and am thankful for their service.