But I'm kind of disappointed in reactions that I've seen to this. All I've seen for the most part is people complaining about Coming Home. For the life of me I can't figure out why. This post is NOT in any way directed at anyone specific but here are a few basic summaries of some reactions:
~Civilians will think every day of our life is that wonderful and magical.
~Its an invasion of privacy.
(that one I've seen even about stupid contests for the "best" homecoming picture)
As far as the first comment goes I think we need some perspective. After 10 years of being smothered with the negative aspects of military life do you really think civilians, based on one simple little show, will COMPLETELY change their entire of view and say "Oh, I get it now! Their life is nothing but sunshine, rainbows and happy tears. Wow, they have it better than I do!" Haha, that would be nuts. Any logical person should be able to understand this is a Reunion show. They say it over and over. Its a show about reunions. They aren't advertising that this is a show meant to reveal every real life aspect of military life. Its just to show what is probably the coolest aspect. One of the top reasons we all Milie On.
Is it really an invasion of privacy when someone applies to be on a show like this? I know some people feel like this should be a personal and private part of our life. For some of us it is and still will be. We don't get big televised homecomings anymore and could really take them or leave them. When G.I. Joe comes home in the middle of the night nothing will ever take away from how special and intimate that moment is. No two reunions are ever alike so one shown on tv doesn't make your next one any less special. Only your attitude about the reunion can do that.
We all want to rant and rave when the main media portrayal of military service members and their families is negative...and now what? We complain when the coverage is actually about something positive and heartwarming? Do we just want something to always complain about?
Oh well. To each their own. I watched the show and can tell you I plan to tune in every week. I cried from start to finish. That one hour was such a strong reminder to me that it is an honor to be part of a military family. Whether you are a military parent, spouse, sibling, brat, uncle, niece....its an honor. We get to experience a rush of emotions that few ever will.