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I was always leaving behind what I was just about ready to become.

 

  Pat Conroy  xix *

 

By necessity, I made my own private treaty with rootlessness and spent my whole life trying to fake or invent a sense of place.

 

  Pat Conroy xviii *

 

Home is a foreign word in my vocabulary and always will be.  At each new base and fresh assignment I suffered through long months of trying to catch up and learning the new steps required of those outsiders condemned to inhabit the airless margins of a child's world.  None of my classmates would ever remember my name when it was time to rotate out the following summer.

 

  Pat Conroy xviii *

 

I'm pathetic in my attempts to make friends with everyone I meet, from cabdrivers to bellhops to store clerks.  As a child my heart used to sink at every new move or set of orders.  By necessity, I became an expert at spotting outsiders.  All through my youth I was grateful for unpopular children. In their unhappiness I saw my chance for rescue and always lept at it.

 

 Pat Conroy xxi *

 

We grew up strangers to ourselves.  We passed through our military childhoods unremembered.  We were transients, billboards to be changed, body temperatures occupying school desks for a short time.  We came and we went like rented furniture, serviceable when you needed it, but           unremarked upon after it was gone.

 

  Pat Conroy    xix *

 

This is my paradox.  Because of the military life, I'm a stranger everywhere and a stranger nowhere.

 

Pat Conroy   xx *


...I can walk away from best friends and rarely think of them again.  I can close a door and not look back.  There's something about my soul that's always ready to go, to break camp, to unfold the road map, to leave at night when he house inspection's done and the civilians are asleep and the open road is calling to the Marine and his family again.

 

 Pat Conroy  xxi *

 

My mother, speaking to one of my military brat cousins: "But you put down roots everywhere you went, didn't you?"
My cousin: "No, Aunt Dorothy, not roots.  Vines.

 

Pat Conroy

The Great Santini

 

I had been seized by a need to move on that was so overwhelming it eclipsed any sensible
notions of sticking out the usual cycle of job queries.

 

Mary Edward Wertsch   p248 **

 

You can be a leader, anything you want, because you are not tied to a community perception of who you are.

 

Daughter of an Army Major  p252**

 

What happens in the long run is that you develop a certain immunity to getting attached to anything.
                                                  

Warren  p258 **

 

I've got nothing to lose because I've lost it all before.

 

Mary Edwards Wertch

 

Notes

The quotes marked * came from Pat Conroy's Introduction to Military Brats: Legacies of Childhood Inside the Fortress by Mary Edward Wertsch.

The quotes marked ** were taken from Military Brats: Legacies of Childhood Inside the Fortress by Mary Edward Wertsch.
 

 

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