12 September 2014

U.S.S. Annapolis

Every homecoming has the same structure. The tent-covered chairs, a row of tables lined with fun snacks, and kids dancing around in patriotic wear. Anchor stamps adorned t-shirts, posters, and children's bows. The horn sounds, and a group of stationed sailors welcome home their fellow servicemen as the tugboat pulls in the sub. The gates open, and the mass of anxious family members look for their loved ones, excited to complete the missing pieces. There are sounds of joy, laughter, and crying--the type of crying that has been suppressed for months to keep the strength needed to get through a deployment. It all is laid out here, on the pier. Kisses, hugs, newborn babies, and growing children. What a beautiful thing to have the privilege of witnessing.

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