A Taste of Home
Yesterday's Atlanta Journal-Constitution featured a touching article about one Iraq veteran's struggle since redeployment -- and how the taste of hamburgers from Ann's Snack Bar in Atlanta have helped him to feel that he's really home. The story reminded me how much I missed certain flavors while in Iraq -- Versailles garlic chicken, In-n-Out double-doubles, and Anchor Steam to name a few -- and how those tastes helped me readjust when I came back. According to the AJC:
Home started to feel more familiar Wednesday, when [Staff Sgt. Morris Franklin] could taste it.
It wasn't just the towering mound of American protein that almost required his Army logistical skills to finish off.
Home is the men who dug into huge burgers with him. These local Vietnam veterans had supported him during his tour in Iraq.
They had been strangers, connected through their shared service in separate wars. They had sent Franklin snacks from home -- pork rinds, pecans, hot sauce -- that reflected their memories of combat.
They finally met Wednesday, at the grail of ground beef -- Ann's Snack Bar, home of the Ghetto Burger, in east Atlanta.
"This lunch was a long time coming," Franklin said as he shook hands with Jerry Newsom of Hoschton, Robert Jones of Atlanta and Jerry Colley of Lilburn.
"How's the adjustment?" Jones asked.
"I think I feel more at home there than here," Franklin said. "That's a little odd."
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