Anxiously Looking Home
2007 came without our even noticing, as we still fly, eat, sleep and repeat. A few changes have started to show in our routine; mainly the discussions of what we need to pack, when. Most of us are packed up and more than ready for 2007 to take us home, until we read the newspapers and see the hype of expanding the troop levels in this conflict. We are all anxious in one way or another about getting ready to leave or about the very faint possibility of our staying.
Most of us are anxious about our return because life here is so different from life at home. Just like when we came over here, we are all wondering what life will be like. What has changed? What did we miss? What don't we know that will surprise us when we get back? Some dread returning to their cubicle prison of an office job, while others are concerned about getting home and having to integrate back into family life, spouse and children, demanding time spent with their returning soldier. Some dread having to find employment. For many this trip has provided some substantial financial boosts, mostly benefiting from the lack of expenses, which come to an end very shortly. Though there are difficulties ahead, we all are ready to return home for the comfort of home is worth those adjustments.
We are ready to return home until we read the news, "Surge in Troops Needed to Solve Iraq Puzzle" The decision to pack our personal belongings early has come under scrutiny, fearing we would need them for a few months more. Though we've been told that we are not on the short list of units extended, it still rides our minds. Could there be an order to extend our orders to Iraq? All we know is just rumor, stemming from our personal conversations.
All of these pressures are culminating in some heated arguments, ultimately resolved by a short apology from all parties, followed by the explanation that they are ready for this to end. Anxious to get these DAYS behind us.
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