No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home.
–L. FRANK BAUM, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
A tornado of life changing events caused me to deploy again. I got separated, divorced, quit a job, got a new job, got a roommate, lost a roommate and in general had a roller coaster of a year.
Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, the real world was making me dizzy and things were spinning out of control. I needed a bit of a breather from the world and the idea of a bit of financial security didn’t hurt either. In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy learns to miss and appreciate the life she has back in Kansas with Auntie Em and Uncle Henry. I think deploying has given me perspective on an entire year of change and prepped me with a new appreciation to return with.
My tour here is finally up though and I am ready to click my beautiful heels (which I CANNOT WAIT to get back into) and be home! Home to my family, friends, cat (playing the role of Toto who took a separate adventure all his own), house and to start a new chapter in my life. This one is now over and a new one is just beginning.