I’ve written a lot about the things I love about the military life. But you know what? I can get in a funk about it, too. Sometimes I feel so over the TDYs, the deployments, the changes, the uncertainties… I’m done! I think to myself. Just let me plant my roots! I want roots!
I want the cute little neighborhood with neighbors I’ve known for years, the cracked window panes from rogue baseballs that we never got around to fixing, the dirt under my nails from toiling in my very own garden in my very own yard and the ugly sun hat to go with it (yes, Mike, I hear your objection to the sun hat and the request for a bikini and a killer bod). I want to decide to put up a porch swing and to be able to just go ahead and do it – no permission from landlords needed, no “nice alternative” considered. I want to walk into my house that I spent a substantial amount of time searching for and choosing, and I want to walk into it without thinking “it’s only temporary.” I want to not have to worry so much.
All right, all right… that last line was too much. Anyone who knows me knows there’s no chance that “worry” would someday not be synonymous with my name. But anyway…
Sometimes I catch glimpses of all those “wants” in this temporary place we’re calling home, tantalizing suggestions that maybe life isn’t so lacking. In fact, recently I’ve been catching handfuls of them, and they’ve gotten me thinking about Continue reading