March 27, 2004


The husband is leaving today for a week-long mission, so he wrote a long email yesterday before he left. Two paragraphs stood out as blogworthy...

The line for phones is HUGE! It doesn't look like I will be able to call tonight. What makes it worse is that I have to go out to XXXXX tomorrow for a week. So, if I don't get to call tonight, you won't hear my voice until next week. Emailing isn't bad though. I remind the guys about how hard we don't have it. Our grandparents generation fought in WWII where 1 in 4 died, hot food was unheard of and you didn't have waterproof jackets made of Gore tex. We finally got to the PX at FOB XXXX where one of the privates bought an X-box. Two of the others have TVs. I'd sure as hell like to get home as fast as possible, but it's not THAT bad. I guess I'm just frustrated at all the whining I'm hearing lately.

And later on down the email:

I haven't been doing as much reading as I thought I would. I still haven't
finished the Bernard Lewis book. I'm looking forward to the Christopher Hitchens book. If I hear one more private that didn't finish High School wax philisophic about the problems and OBVIOUS solutions to complex foreign policy problems, I'm going to scream.

Sounds like we're both dealing with under-informed co-workers! He closed by saying he was going to go read my blog; I'd bet you a DVD that makes him the only guy on his camp who gives up time communicating with his family to read the news instead. And I couldn't be happier.

Posted by Sarah at March 27, 2004 06:58 AM

"I'd bet you a DVD that makes him the only guy on his camp who gives up time communicating with his family to read the news instead."

He already understands his family. But the struggle to understand the world has no end. It's sad that he might be the only one rising up to the challenge.

He knows what he's fighting for. What about those privates who haven't finished high school? Do they grok?

Posted by: Amritas at March 27, 2004 08:34 AM

What about those privates who haven't finished high school? Do they grok?

Some of them do. Some of them know why they signed up and why they're there in Iraq.

In fact, it's often the college graduates who fail to grok - but then, you already know that. :)

Posted by: Pixy Misa at March 27, 2004 09:22 AM

"Some," alas, should be "all." If one doesn't know why one is doing something, one is not likely to do it well.

"the college graduates"

Including not just recent ones, but the older ones too ... namely, the professors!

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