“I have to try to get ready for the three days of travel that it will take just to get to Afghanistan.”
There is also the feeling of transferring family responsibilities.
“I’ve been taking care of the family now, and I feel that I’m passing those responsibilities on to my father, as he comes back and I leave.”
“My father’s been trying to adjust to coming home,” he added, “and it’s gotta be hard for him because his son’s leaving for the first time.
“He’s used to being the one leaving, not the one left behind.”