Thursday, December 12 2013, 12:02 PM MST
Web Exclusive: Robert Kirby's Military Childhood
Robert Kirby details his childhood in the military.
SHAUNA LAKE: Tell me about your childhood in the military. What did that feel like having to move around a lot? Did that feel lonely?
ROBERT KIRBY: Not really because that’s all you know. My father was in the military from the time that I could remember. We were counting it one time and by the time I was 21 I lived in 19 homes, and because it was my norm, I didn’t realize it was anything different until we finally settled down and started looking at that and realizing that you’re always the new kid in school, and you develop these defense mechanisms, and in my case it was this cynical outlook on life tempered with humor and that’s how I anesthetized myself from that loneliness that you referred to. But I’ve talked to a lot of military brat, kids who have grown up who are my age now, and the experience are eerily similar.
SHAUNA LAKE: Did you want it to be different for your kids?
ROBERT KIRBY: Yes.
SHAUNA LAKE: Did you want them to have a stable upbringing, one home?
ROBERT KIRBY: I did.
SHAUNA LAKE: Tell me about that.
ROBERT KIRBY: When my wife and I got married, she’s Canadian so she moved a long way from home to live here with us, and she didn’t like it. It took her a long time to get used to Utah too. But we both agreed that our children weren’t going to get moved around a lot and so we stayed in one place, and for a long time that was Utah County. I moved, we moved up to Salt Lake in 2003, and we live in the south end of the valley which is as close to the newsroom.
SHAUNA LAKE: You don’t want to be too close. You don’t want them calling you, ‘come on down.’
ROBERT KIRBY: No.
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