US VETERAN TAYLOR REYNOLDS
Please welcome US Veteran Taylor Reynolds. She’s here to take us on a journey to life as a member of the US Army. Leave her a comment to thank her for her service, and let her know what you think of her story.
On July 17, 1996, at approximately 8pm, I got a haircut.
It’s probably not normal to remember something as mundane as a haircut, but this one was the prelude to a pretty significant life event.
On July 18, 1996, I left home at the age of 17 for Army Basic Combat Training.
And the night before, amidst the minor freak-out of “Oh my God I’m joining the Army tomorrow and I don’t know what’s going to happen and I don’t want to go to South Carolina during the summer and I can’t wait to start language school in California in the fall and holy crap…I don’t know how to put my hair up so it meets regulation…MOM!!!! I need a haircut RIGHT NOW!” my mom sat me down and chopped off my long hair so I didn’t have to learn how to make a bun.
Twenty years later, my hair is halfway down my back again, and I am very good at putting it in a bun.
It’s funny, the little tiny things you remember during the huge, momentous events. I can’t recall anything else about that night, but I knew I needed a haircut short enough to get me through the next eight weeks with no upkeep.
Being a soldier had a profound effect on me and I’m proud to write stories that feature military or veteran characters in everyday life. Well, sexy, everyday life in my books 😉 Because though I enjoy reading about a hot SEAL rescuing a politician’s kidnapped daughter or an Army Ranger fast-roping onto an objective just as much as the next girl, I also love the story that portrays our servicemembers as our neighbors and coworkers, family and friends. As people who have taken a tremendous oath, but who are also just like you and me.
You can find my short stories at Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Taylor-Reynolds/e/B01A141YQI – or catch me online @authortreynolds, www.authortaylorreynolds.com, and http://www.facebook.com/authortreynolds