Saturday, August 30, 2008

Camel spiders and M.R.Es...Ugh!!

While Peter has been home, he has shared with us many of his experiences of being in Iraq. It is a amazing to think that, while we enjoy all the comforts of everyday life, there are young men and women enduring great hardship for the freedoms many of us take for granted. He has told of us the scorching heat, (the hottest day for him was 147 degrees!!) the sand storms so thick that you can not see the sun and, of course, the famous Camel spiders.

While he is on his base he sleeps in a trailer with air conditioning and he gets to eat pretty decent food. When he goes out on a mission, he looses even those small luxuries.

On a mission, the living arrangements are, at best, primitive. There is no running water and the only water they have available to drink is rationed, bottled water, that is usually hot. For every meal they eat a M.R.E. (The Meal, Ready-to-Eat (MRE) is a self-contained, individual field ration in lightweight packaging procured by the United States military for its service-members for use in combat or other field conditions where organized food facilities are not available. From Wikipedia, )Yumm!!

So, all that to say, Peter is enjoying being home. On the way home from one of our trips to Amarillo, he said, somewhat wistfully, "Being home makes me not want to go back, everything in the States is so nice". He knows he needs to go back. He has a job to finish. He just has a whole new perspective on all that we have because we are Americans.
Last night at dinner he said, "I hope that people appreciate all that we (soldiers) are going through so that we (Americans) can enjoy what we enjoy". He was recalling how, when the war first began, people were so patriotic. Everyone had flags in their front yard and were proud to be Americans. He said that if feels like they have forgotten that soldiers are still fighting for them.
Our younger son, Josh, reminded him that we would always have a flag hanging for him and the rest of the soldiers.
I woke up thinking about that conversation. I guess my prayer for all Americans is that we will remember that freedom is not free. A great price has been and will continue to be paid for it. May we never take it for granted.

Peter enjoying some of the finer things in life, chocolate brownies and a cold glass of milk:)


Kara and Dave said...

You are so right, may we not take the little things for granted. I never would have thought about that drinking a glass of cold milk. Thank you for that reminder. So glad he's enjoying the "luxuries" that we don't even think about. We are so thankful for soldiers like him.

amy wright said...

I think about that all of the time. We are so blessed in America to live the way that we live. And I was worried to think that our electricity might go out for a couple of days because of the tropical storm. Thanks for the reminder to be thankful.

amy wright said...

Oh, and the spider...ugh!!! My stomach is hurting from just thinking of it. UGH!!! UGH!!!

Becky Dietz said...

Amen! I'm gonna go hang out my flag right now!

Totally off the subject, but can you teach me how to post pictures and put the captions under them?!? I haven't gotten that down yet!!!

Ilene said...

Thanks Becky.

As far as putting a picture in with a caption. It is pretty simple. Choose the "none" option under layout. After you picture is downloaded, click on the pic. Go to edit from the tool bar, choose the "cut" option. Place your curser where you want the pic. Then choose the "paste" option. Once the pic is where you want it, make it the size you want and put your caption. I hope that is helpful. If it is not, feel free to give me a call and I will walk you through it. I sent my # to your email. Have a great evening.

By the way, I can only make it work with Firefox. I could not do it in Safari.

Becky Dietz said...

Thanks, Ilene! Amy & I have both been wanting to learn how to do this! I'm gonna give it a try and if I can't figure it out, I'll give you a call!

Ilene said...

Your welcome:) Feel free to call if it does not work.

Tom and Terry said...

Makes it hard to send him back doesn't it!When you think about all the "kids" over in Iraq, you don't really realize it is someones son or daughter. Peter brings it close to home for all of us! We are a very priviledged country that we take for granted.
We continue to pray!