• Chapter 84: The Picnic

    March 29, 2016
  • I received the following letter from my grandmother: "Brenda called last night to read me your letter, it was good to hear from you again. I know the days are long and boring there but I just count off each day as being one day closer to your return and I'm hoping they will find an easier way of processing the return a little faster for all of you. Although I have a favorite one in mind."

    "I just finished a small box to mail you, isn't much, but I need to get larger boxes. Will try to get one mailed again Monday. I'm still praying for you. Guess I will all my life or while I have a mind to use. I'm reading Hailey's Bible Handbook. I can understand a lot more with it. I've finished Genesis and Exodus. You know you're right over there where a lot of these books teach about the wars; Kings and fighting. I guess it never seemed important until you have had to fight in this war. Now it makes me realize the people have had good and very evil people for a very long time and it looks like things will never be changed to the point of world peace. We just have to keep talking to God. He knows what to do and what is best."

    "Brother Perkins just called, said they got your letter Wednesday. He wanted you to know they are still praying for you and looking forward to your safe return and hoping it will be soon."

    I wrote an early morning letter to Robin with today's date at 6:00 AM. "Hi Robin. It's kind of early but I've been up since 4:30 AM. We're suppose to be loading our vehicles on the ship today at the port. Just the opposite of what I did in January. That's a good sign. Maybe we will be leaving pretty soon. I was picked to stay back in the tent to be gear guard. So I've got time to write. I'm sending my W-2 form to you. They're going to extend our time to file for a tax return."

    "We had a picnic yesterday. Some people that work at the oil refineries in Kuwait came down with their families and gave us a picnic. I thought that was really nice of them. I bet they used their own money to buy the food, too. I know they make enough. We had hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans, drinks, and all kinds of desert. I had my picture taken a couple of times while I was eating. We also had a band play a few songs. We only stayed a couple of hours. I'm listening to your tape again. I might try to make a tape today since I'm all alone. I don't like to record messages to send home while others are around. I like my privacy."

    Although I don't really remember much of anything about this picnic, I'm sure it was a good time for all us. I even took a picture of this camel that seemed to be enjoying himself. He looks like he was smiling for the camera!

    “It's so hard to forget pain, but it's even harder to remember sweetness.
    We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.” 
    ― Chuck Palahniuk
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