(Editor's note: Tim is one of our Military Helpline specialists and is scheduled for active duty as an Army Lieutenant this coming February)
“Why don’t you like to talk about the Army?” she asked.
“It’s not that I don’t like talking about the Army, it’s that I don’t like thinking about how it will pull us apart.”
This has become my reality.
Tears began to roll down her face as I spoke about my time here, and that it would come to an end, as all good things do.
It is early when the alarm goes off. 5:00am! Why would anyone want to get up at that time to go to work? The traffic is light as I head west on I-84 onto I-5 south. Morning has always been my favorite time of day.
The office is quiet, the overnight Crisis Line Staff fills me in on calls and updates me on need-to-know information. I log in and, as the red light disappears from the side bar announcing my successful entry into the system, the phone rings.
A sense of community envelopes all of us, and gets its start in the training
I thought I would use my flagship OP entry to repost this poem blogged by a friend who (also) works with grieving children:
On the red-eye from Seattle, a two year-old
in the seat behind me screeches
his little guts out. Instead of dreaming
of stuffing a wad of duct tape
into his mouth, I envy him, how he lets
his pain hang out. I wish I too could drill
a pipeline into the fields of ache, tap
a howl. How long would I need to sob
before the lady beside me dropped
her fashion rag, dipped a palm
into the puddle of me?
Trained volunteers, deep in conversation. Connecting on an extremely personal level to a hurting person on the other end of the line.
Looks like a headline from the Weekly World News, doesn't it?
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