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A long kiss goodbye. | by laurenecarroll
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A long kiss goodbye.

You're a shadow. You slip out of your own skin, like molting, shedding your own history and your own future, leaving behind everything you ever were or wanted or believed in.


-Tim O'Brien

The Things They Carried


This isn't what it looks like.


It's not a military homecoming. Instead, I was sent to shoot a going away party for a unit that is being deployed to Iraq this week. There were no joyful reunions, no tearful embraces, and very few moments like this. Mostly it was a normal dinner get together with normal soldiers and their normal families, laughing and filling their plates with barbeque and banana pudding.


But there was also this unspoken knowledge that a week from now these men and women will be alone in Iraq, away from their families, wishing they were back at this party toting around and smooching their six and a half month old daughters.

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Taken on April 19, 2007