WHAT HOME IS |
May 15, 2007
WHAT HOME IS
Name: SGT Brandon White
Posting date: 5/16/07
Stationed in: Afghanistan
Hometown: Diamond, OH
Milblog url: www.gwot.us
As I watch the second hand tick by ever so slowly, I cannot help but think of home. What is home? Being in various overseas assignments and combat tours, one starts to develop a greater understanding of exactly what constitutes “home”. Is it this place that I take my boots off in? The location on a map where my lawnmower resides? Is it where I grew up?
Home is much more than that, I’m afraid. Foremost, there is plenty that home is not. Home is not wearing 40 lbs of protective equipment and taping up taillights to make a run to the gas station. Home is not scanning the horizon for snipers or men carrying RPGs when I go out to pick up the morning paper. Home isn’t digging a cathole in the backyard to use the “latrine”. Home isn’t rain-soaked sleeping bags on cots. It definitely isn’t off-roading just to avoid the main roads. And it definitely isn’t a minefield-laden desert.
Home as I know it is comfort. Home is bundled up on the couch with the missus. It is a place without constant danger. A bubble of sorts, where family and friends coexist without the need for automatic weapons. Home is a place where neighbors ask if you saw the Indians game instead of detonating an explosive device that is wrapped around their chest. Home is using the acronym DVD instead of IED. Home is hearing a news clip on the radio about a cat stuck in a tree and the heroic dog who saved it, not hearing, “Four KIA, two WIA, grid location…”
Home is a place that I wish to get back to.
Years in the Army: 7 Years overseas: 4