During my teen years, for almost a year, I lived with my Grandma and Grandpa on my mom’s side. Not having a stable home made things difficult for me, having a stable home when growing home helps makes high school some what easier. I am forever thankful that my Grandma and Grandpa were there for me and are still always here for me no matter what. Throughout that year, I lived at my Grandma and Grandpa’s house on the weekdays and I would go home sometimes on the weekends. The things i treasured most were split half and half at the two houses I was living at during that time.
The things that I carried with me were the things that i needed on a daily basis or things that were held dear to my heart. I carried a backpack with me and inside where my medications, clothes, my glasses and contacts, phone charger, backpack, and the things i needed to get ready for school in the morning. The things that I carried that i held dear to my heart were pictures of my family and pets, my favorite book, my jornal,my ipod, and the comfort of my family, Those things and people helped me get through that difficult time because they spoke to me in several different ways
Being a soldier, I could not imagine being able to only bring what is needed in one backpack. The main thing a soldier needs is food and water, being at war, those are the two most important things. And those two things being the most important would most likely take up more than half of one’s back pack. Each soldier carries diffirent things in order to survive at war. Clothes is another thing that was mentioned in “The Things They Carried.” Soldiers fight to stay dry,weather it’s too cold or hot outside. I’m sure a soldier could never pack too many clothes into their backpack. But space is limited and ends up weighing about 90 pounds.
I couldn’t imagine how difficult being at war is with only a few friends that were made along the way, and no family. My cousin Joe, is in the Air Force and last year he was deployed to Afganistan. The things he carried with him to get him through the difficult time wertr the letters that his family and friends sent him. Having very little time to do anything by free will, there was not much time to even think. The letters are what got him through that difficult time.
For that little time of living between two houses and the things that mattered to me spilt into two doesn’t seem so impossible. I couldn’t imagine having piecesof paper being the only thing I hold dear to my heart during a difficult time. My prayers always go out the soldiers fighting for our freedom and risking it all every day. Every person has certain things they need to survive and certain things that help during the difficult times. It just takes the right things for a person to over come a difficult time, and even the right people.