Wednesday, May 20, 2009

A Man's Home is his Depot

As we approached our house, I mused, "Ah, a man's home is his castle", relieved to finally return home. According to, this old English saying means - "A proverbial expression that illustrates the principle of individual privacy, which is fundamental to the American system of government".

After imparting this age-old proverb of wisdom to my 8 yr old son, he replied without skipping a beat, "No papa, a man's home is his depot" (as in Home Depot). Caught completely off guard, I busted-up laughing. He had never heard the expression before, and thought Home Depot was what I really meant to say.

I lovingly reached over and rubbed his shaggy head, and told him his interpretation was extremely funny, music to my ears, and that Home Depot marketers would probably pay a fortune for his "out of the mouth's of babes" observation. And so started the reunion with my family after a six-month deployment to Afghanistan.

I've been home for two weeks now and it's time to write. The urge to write again, I'd liken to the anticipation of reuniting with your spouse; a lot of pent up thoughts, words building up, waiting to explode into a, a ... a blog post, so to speak. Who would have known?

I've had fellow bloggers mention that many soldiers come home from deployments, and for whatever reason, abandon their blogs. That is certainly their prerogative, and I completely understand; but I have no such inclination, there is too much to say.

So reader, was it good for you too?


  1. Welcome home! I look forward to your state-side thoughts.

  2. This reader says, "yes, it was good for me too" and I look forward to keeping up with your blog now that you are home safely. Congratulations on a job well done, both in Afghanistan and with your blog.

  3. I started reading late in your deployment, but, yes, it was good. Welcome home and enjoy your family!

  4. Thank you for going and great that you returned in one piece. Happy you are going to keep it going. Take care - lorraine

  5. Your son is too funny!
    So glad you will stay with your blog!!!

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