Cannon good first home

Jennifer Laurent

Cannon Air Force Base has been good to me.

It was our first home as a married couple. I made friends that I will never forget. I found a job that I loved and, due to a deployment, was forced to remember that while I am happier with my husband at my side, I can survive with him on the other side of the world.

When I came to Clovis I had no idea what to expect. I was a newlywed who had only been here a few times for brief visits. I came from a place with humidity and trees and lots of people I knew. Clovis had none of those things. I had no idea what was in store for me.

During my time here I have learned a lot.

I know that family doesn’t necessarily mean blood ties. I know that in the midst of a disaster, people have a way of seeing past their differences and coming together.

I know that is it possible to put out a newspaper following a tornado and I know the importance of disseminating pertinent information in a timely manner.

I know there are some movies that aren’t worth seeing, but they are bearable if watched with friends.

I know if you move your stove, you have to be very careful or you could have a gas leak.

I know the value of long lasting light bulbs. I have gotten an opportunity to review high school math.

I have a whole new vocabulary consisting solely of acronyms.

I know that I can cook a Thanksgiving meal for 23. I know how to bowl (sort of).

I know how to make a cream puff, roast a turkey, soothe a friend’s baby, calm a coworker’s nerves and peek at Christmas gifts like a champ.

But most importantly I know that even with my family hours away, I was never alone here and as I prepare to leave I know that my time at Cannon will always have a special place in my heart.

Jennifer Laurent is a copy editor for Freedom New Mexico. She is moving to Beale Air Force Base in January. She can be reached by e-mailing: