Solace and Necessity

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Solace and Necessity

O'Brien's Vietnam

"People change. Situations change. I hate to say this, man, but you're out of touch. Jorgenson—he's with us now.""And I'm not?"Sanders looked at me for a moment."No," he said. "I guess you're not."

“They shared the weight of memory. They took up what others could no longer bear. Often, they carried each other, the wounded or weak.”

"...right then Ted Lavender was shot in thehead on his way back from peeing. He lay with his mouth open. The teethwere broken. There was a swollen black bruise under his left eye.The cheekbone was gone."

“Brotherhood is the very price and condition of man's survival."

To the soldiers, friendship was just as much of a burden as it was solace and a necessity.

“Rat Kiley was crying. He tried to say something, but then cradled his rifle and went off by himself.”

“He shot randomly, almost casually, quick little spurts in the belly and butt.”“Again the animal fell hard and tried to get up, but this time it couldn’t quite make it. It wobbled and went down sideways. Rat shot it in the nose. He bent forward and whispered something, as if talking to a pet, then he shot it in the throat.”

“ he grabbed Kiowa by the boot and tried to pull him out. He pulled hard but Kiowa was gone, and then suddenly he felt himself going too.”

"After a time he got out, walked down to the beach, and wadedinto the lake without undressing. The water felt warm against his skin.He put his head under. He opened his lips, very slightly, for the taste,then he stood up and folded his arms and watched the fireworks."

"Tim, it's a war. The guy wasn't Heidi—he had aweapon, right? It's a tough thing, for sure, but you got to cut out thatstaring."Then he said, "Maybe you better lie down a minute."Then after a long empty time he said, "Take it slow. Just go whereverthe spirit takes you."

"...Kiowa's wide-open eyes settling dowin into the scum."

"At one point, I remember, we paused over a snapshot of Ted Lavender, and after a while Jimmy rubbed his eyes and said he'd never forgiven himself for Lavender's death."

"Sometimes the wrong choices bring us to the right places."

“Girls tend to internalize their distress. They may become depressed, develop headaches or stomach aches, and have changes in their eating and sleeping patterns.”

“Children, even intelligent ones or older ones, often think it is their fault. There is a lot of self blame. Grades suffer. Loss of motivation in school. Grades go down. Not studying becomes a form of rebellion, anger, and apathy.”

“Divorce can sometimes bring out the best in children especially older children who have siblings.”

“It can bring out a maturity and strength beyond their years. Especially girls. Some are quite happy to take the role of nurturer and see dad or mum not being around as a sign to take on more responsibility. They want to do it and show support to the resident parent.”

“Children of divorced parents can also have a better understanding of life. They can be more helpful in nature, caring and tolerant because of their experience.”

“Boys are more externally symptomatic than girls, they act out their anger, frustration and hurt. They may get into trouble in school, fight more with peers and parents.”

“...children of divorce are more likely to divorce as adults.”

“Over time, the quantity and quality of contact between children and noncustodial parents often decreases, and this is believed to result in lower levels of adjustment for these children as compared with children from intact families.”

Ain't lookin' for nothin', just wanna liveMe and the brothers under the bridge

“They are no longer in the difficult situation of feeling the need to take sides during parental arguments and disagreements and having to listen to them.”

“It can also bring relief for the children. If the parents have been very open and vocal about how they feel about each other in front of the children the children will no longer have to listen to the rows, shouting, screaming etc.”

Maybe you and I were never meant to be completeCould we just be broken together


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