These 12 GIFs perfectly describe the hours before and after homecoming


Perhaps the only thing that makes deployment even remotely palatable is the promise of homecoming. You might use it as a carrot on hard days, be a complete pragmatist and have very realistic expectations, or dream of romantic reunions constantly. However you think about homecoming, chances are that it’s not going to go exactly the way you’ve planned. But you’ll probably encounter at least one of these situations:

1. When you’ve had enough of the deployment and are just a day or two out from homecoming

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2. How you feel about pretty much everything but homecoming during the last few days

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3. When homecoming is delayed for no discernible reason

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4. How you feel when everything seems to go wrong in the hours leading up to homecoming

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5. When you see your partner for the first time in a very, very long time

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6. When you can see them–and they can see you–and you can’t be together for about a bajillion more hours because, procedures

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7. How the first kiss feels

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8. When they drop their luggage in the laundry room

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9. How the first dinner out after homecoming feels

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10. When all that’s standing in the way of you finally getting alone time is. . . your partner’s parents, your parents, some random people, or your kids (or all of the above)

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11. When it’s homecoming night and you’re a little rustier than you realized

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12. When you finally have your partner all to yourself

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By J.G. Noll