Those of you that know me know that I will cry at your wedding. Each and every single one. But there is one thing that makes me cry even more, and that’s a homecoming. I cry AT LEAST 5 times.
Just imagine. It’s been MONTHS… like, over half a year… since you’ve seen the person you love; the one that you are supposed to be spending your life with. If you’re lucky, you’ve gotten at least a daily email. Phone conversations are few and far between. There are days when you almost forget what their voice sounds like. How it feels to be held in their arms. Their smell. Their smile. It’s all just beginning to fade.
Then, you’re on the pier. You can see the ship in the distance, and your heart starts racing. It’s finally over.
It seems like a thousand minutes have gone by between the first sighting of the ship and her final push to the pier, with the sailors all dressed in white, standing so straight and still they almost look like statues. But then they say stand down and they scatter, wave to their families, and get to making those final preparations.
That first text or phone call you get while watching the madness happen will give you butterflies each and every time! They’re finally RIGHT there. You could almost touch them. The urge to tell them to just jump in the water and swim to you is overwhelming, even if it isn’t realistic!
If you are associated with the military in ANY way, you know the phrase: Hurry Up and Wait. And during a homecoming, those words ring truer than any time before. It’s like torture. You watch anxiously as the lines are thrown and the brow secured, thinking “okay. seriously. just throw the thing on there and be done with it!”
And then, after what seems like longer than the entire deployment itself, the moment that everyone has been waiting for. You see those bright white uniforms start flooding off the ship! Your heart is in OVERDRIVE at this point. Will you see them? Will they see you? Will it be magic? And the answer is yes. Always yes.
That first hug and kiss happens so fast, but after the strangest thing happens.
You get the feeling that you just saw them yesterday. It’s like they were never even gone. That’s the crazy thing about deployments. A week goes by after they get home and you don’t even remember them being gone.
I’m so happy for Lexi and Anthony! I love homecomings because I get to spend a TON of one on one time with my clients, getting to know them, making them laugh to pass the time, and capturing all the emotion as they await their special moment!
Welcome Home Sailors!
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