The Military Summer

I live on a military installation and have five immediate neighbors. This past week two moved in and one moved out. Over the course of the summer, I will lose them all. Neighbors moving in and out is pretty commonplace. And if it’s not them moving it’s me. Upheaval, chaos, confusion are par for the course. Good-byes and loneliness set in. And oh so many boxes.

It’s hard sometimes to want to engage again. I know that’s it will only be for a short time, three years at the most. But what do I lose if I don’t. Investing is always costly. I invest my time and emotions and energy. And sometimes there is no return on those investments. But most often, the returns are monumental. Friendships that span years and timezones are always so worth the effort.

Invest, my friend. It is always worth it.