Monday, December 11, 2006

News from Michael

I received an email from Michael today. He said, "its hard to use the internet it takes a while to load and send things so i couldnt send out an email" and "the internet was down for a while because of a mortar attack so that didnt help either." He went on to tell me of some pretty intense experiences. I'm not stupid and I realize this kind of thing is what is going on. While it is hard to hear, I do want him to be able to talk to me.

Last night I stumbled on a Documentary on MSNBC about a very young boy in the Marines. Here's the link. I don't know when it's on again but I was SO impressed by his ability to relate his experience. I think it's important to listen. I felt like he really gave a brutally honest depiction of his experience. I have seen many different documentaries regarding this war but this one was so personal. If anyone does know when it's on again please comment.

So anyway here is my favorite part of the email: love mike


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely Great News!!! And lots of Love!
The video is very touching and sad.
There's no winners in war.

12/11/2006 02:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so glad Mike's safe. I really empathize with him as I have dialup, and connecting to the internet can be a real pain. Fortunately the problem is very rarely mortars. In fact, I don't think I've ever had that trouble.

12/11/2006 03:06:00 PM  
Blogger Coffee Messiah said...

Good news for you ; )
Those last few words always mean more than all the $$$$, or anything else, you can ever imagine ; )

12/11/2006 06:10:00 PM  
Blogger spadoman said...

Great news Mary. Glad he's safe and you heard from him. Prayers to all who serve, their families, and to all who served before him.

12/11/2006 06:47:00 PM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

Whew! I am truly happy to hear that Mike was able to get through to you.

12/11/2006 07:20:00 PM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Hi Mary,
when two tribes go to war
the first rule is dehumanize and demonize the enemy, what inevitably follows as a consequence is that the troops or 'fighters' on both sides become more and more 'barbaric' as the conflict becomes more & more a war of attrition.

12/11/2006 09:44:00 PM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Ironically it was Yugoslavia wgich was used as the testing ground.

Will overwhelming air superiority subjugate a nation - yes if that nation is living a degree of comfort, and would rather submit.

With Iraq we removed that comfort zone. The Overwhelming force used to destroy Baghdad - the proud boast by Rumsfeld that mor ordinance was dropped on Iraq in the first six days of Gulf War II than was dropped on Europe by the US during the whole of World War II

should have given an indication of the kind of awesome destruction and numbers of dead Iraqis.

That the US then proceeded to secure the Oil fields and neglected the needs of the Iraqi civilians, was not only proof of dishonest intent - but the root of the chaos that has ensued.

12/11/2006 09:49:00 PM  
Blogger Coffee Messiah said...

You need to unstuff the DL: Stuffit or Winrar to get to the MP3s.
Then you can hear them.....hope that helps ; )

12/12/2006 04:47:00 AM  
Blogger No said...

I'm so happy that you heard from your son, Mary. I can't imagine how scary that is to hear the word mortars...Hang in there, and just know that there is a lot of support out here in blogland for ya.

Take care.

12/12/2006 06:39:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Cream- you are so right. It's a bad deal all the way round.

Willowtree- I would have thought they had wireless which why would that be slow? I don't know.

Thanks Beth. I sincerely appreciate all the support and I know you all are there. It's a good feeling.

12/12/2006 07:29:00 AM  
Blogger Katie McKenna said...

What a wondrous gift! I'm so happy for you!

12/12/2006 08:05:00 AM  
Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

Hot Damn!! Glad you heard from him. You know there is support in blogland! OOH-RAH!!

12/12/2006 10:15:00 AM  
Blogger dawn said...

MAry , my heart goes out to you. I am so glad you got the e mail I know a call would be better. You are one strong woman. I'm glad Michael is doing okay

12/12/2006 11:23:00 AM  
Blogger bluegrrrrl said...

I am so glad you heard from Michael!
I cannot imagine how difficult it is to be so far away and know he is in a dangerous place.
I will keep him and you in my thoughts!

12/12/2006 09:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The worry will never end until he's back home for good. But try to limit your worry by telling yourself Michael probably isn't worried - and that's very likely true. And yes....easy said.

He's ok. That's most important of all.

12/13/2006 12:59:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

You all really are the best. A mother can't help but worry but sometimes it just takes a few words from you guys and I snap outta it! Thanks.

And Donnie- OOH-RAH!

12/13/2006 08:12:00 AM  
Blogger Yoga Korunta said...

Mary, it's good that you heard from Michael. And it's better that you know he's thinking of his mother!

12/13/2006 09:14:00 AM  
Blogger glenda said...

I am with you in spirit. What a source of constant worry.
I am do glad you heard from him.

12/13/2006 09:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you heard from your son. God bless your brave young man.

12/13/2006 02:40:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Yoga-Exactly! I do love that he's thinking of his mama. I keep telling him I am with him every minute too.

Glenda- Thank you.

Just Me- I know you have been in my shoes. Thank you.

12/13/2006 08:02:00 PM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Ok Mary,
I guess my earlier comments weren't really what you were after

But the military is a hard choice, except once they join they have no choice - they are at the behest of the President and the nation (well maybe half the nation).
Unfortunately it is the same for those fighting on the other side -

Glad your son is well, I'm sure you feel the same way for mothers on both sides of the conflict!

12/13/2006 09:40:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Quasar- War is never the answer. My son is young. Who knows what made him join. I am sincerely distressed over each and every life lost on both sides. All I can do is campaign for an end to the war. All war. And pray he makes it home safely along w/everyone else involved.
I don't mind if you don't give me what you think I'm after. Say what you like Quasar. It's all good.

12/14/2006 01:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are good and bad on every side and I agree with both viewpoints.
I believe it will be women who will put an end to wars, not men because generally mothers feel pain a hell of a lot more than fathers.

12/14/2006 04:35:00 AM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

I can't even begin to imagine what pains a mother experiences, worrying for her child. I have a little niece and little nephews, just the thought of anything happening to them makes me feel like I'm going crazy.

12/14/2006 06:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i too am so glad you heard from your son Mary.

12/14/2006 10:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey mary, its been a while but i wanted to say thanks for commenting and hopefully i will have internet up soon ... i'm glad to hear that you heard from your boy ... i know its tough and it does really suck when we go to use the phone or internet and its down or so slow it might as well be down ... but as long as he can keep in touch as often as he can thats good!!! ... its sad to say but us soldiers are glad to hear the mortars ... its the one you dont hear thats the problem ... hang in there ... take it from me ... mail, email, anything that can be said or sent is a smile ... thats why i volunteered to be mail guy ... so i could be the first to see what packages where coming my way :) ... but stay strong time will fly by and your boy will be home before you know it ... shoot ... its been two months already ... well anyway i am starting to ramble ... stay strong ... i'll be back later :)

12/15/2006 11:15:00 AM  

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