12 hours ago
We had a short 15 minute ride from the flight line to the 1st Group Compound, however, it was long enough for me to realize how difficult my return home was going to be. I stared out the window, mesmerized by the green landscape and the massive evergreens of Washington. I was so used to seeing the brown, dusty, barren desert of northern Afghanistan. Was it always this green or was I just finally appreciating it? As the bus pulled into the compound I saw Kim standing on the sidewalk. I was nervous, so much had happened in the past seven months, I wondered if we even knew each other anymore. How was I supposed to explain the past seven months to her? How do you explain to someone about seeing bodies burned alive, fearing for your life and wanting to kill men so badly it hurts? I wanted to tell her everything and nothing at the same time. I told my elf that I would not tell her about any of the firefights, especially the last one – I did not want her to carry these burdens too.
She had tears in her eyes as we shared a warm embrace – I wanted this moment to last forever. We should have been able to go home, make love (after seven months away this is a top priority) and start the process of getting to know one another again, however, our reunion was cut short. Instead of downloading our bags and getting a quick safety briefing we were required to break down our pallets and inventory all of our gear on a Friday night after being in Afghanistan for seven months. After a few hours of waiting in the parking lot, Kim went home and told me to give her a call when we were done. Around 0200 we finally wrapped up our inventory and went home. On the 15 minute ride home I tried to pack in 7 months of lost time and I suddenly realized how hard coming was going to be.
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