Monday, January 21, 2008

Army Friends

Ahhh...back at Fort Benning...

Brings back memories of my last deployment from here. I met some great people on that tour...I often think of them, especially now that I am here again. One thing about the service is the continual forming of close and intense friendships for a short period of time, and then the bittersweet parting as each person moves back to their duty station or goes back home. I guess with the internet etc. It is easier to communicate and keep up with them now...
I was going to write that making new companions and then parting from them takes a little away from me each time, but I think that it may be very selfish to say that. I should ponder on the things that the people have added to my life. It does not do them justice to say that they have placed a toll on me. Their companionship provided me with something good and hopeful, and that is something that should be remembered too.

The way life is so transient now it seems that our friends often become our family. Certainly they know more about us in many ways than our parents!

As for the CRC...plenty of paperwork, lots of good briefings too. It is the same and also completely different from last time. I'm not really willing to post much about the training because of security etc.

Anyway, one thing I can say is that it is very cold here!

I listened to U2's song "Beautiful Day" this morning in the airport.
There is a line there I often say to myself "What you don't have, you don't need it now."
We should live this day for today.

1 comment:

r said...

I think that when you say good bye you to lose a bit of yourself, but i also think that you might often find that you also are given (or take) a little bit of that person as well... it is a bit of an exchange (often, not always...)