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Saturday, August 25, 2007

The art of laughing at ones self

Okay first you must be kinda weird like me, LOL. You must also be someone who wishes things like Christmas Village in the north pole, or Willy Wonkas chocolate factory, or Honeysuckle Corners Mo, or fairies and elves actually exist. You must also believe you know exactly what your animal friends are thinking. Then you must blog about those things as if they are real, and then when someone who did check out the info tells you different you must humbly admit that yes indeed you did goof and then insert the laughter there...... HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAH Wouldn't it be lovely if such a place did exist. I would be there next weekend for at least a visit. And yes the story really does not ring true, but I am gullible, actually I have a childlike heart and faith and hope are my companions. I actually am a rather competent person, I just fell for something that was way to good to be true. Oh well, it is a cute story none the less. I hope you all read it and enjoy. It is the post called the end of a way of life!!!

Silly Me

Times of persecution....??? WHY???

Clearing up after Kansas Storm
We all go through times of persecution, we have struggled with jobs, and pet deaths, we have struggled with family issues, and moving first to Tennessee which seemed to promise good things, and it did turn into a blessing with the many friends we found at the lovely church there, and time getting to know my husbands family, and then the trip back that in itself was an awful experience, LOL. 6 kids 2 rabbits 1 dog the biggest uhaul known to man and no relief drivers, and near the end the constant screaming of the youngest, that was sooo fun.

We have ached as we watched them try to find a good vein in the arm of our son with downs during many illnesses that have left him dehydrated after mere hours and then the last two weekends both of my youngest children have landed in the ER. One with an allergy to dye free children's Benadryll, imagine that and the other with a mysterious infection that has caused horrible swollen lymph nodes on the side of his neck. He is healing after two IV with meds, and oral antibiotics, and Motrin and Tylenol. We also ended up making doctors visits due to the 5 year old having swollen lymph nodes, both are on the road to recovery. Praise God!!!

You know the saying when it rains it pours, I fully understand this saying. I wish I didn't. I am so weary from very little sleep, and I mean VERY little sleep. I got to sleep at 3:30 this morning and woke up at 4:30 and then 7 to get my 9 year old up for school. Anyway with all the being up every 3 hours for giving medicine and then all the er visits and doctors visits, my normal sunny outlook is not so sunny. And usually I can try to see the lesson in whatever is going on, but today I have been struggling with not just yelling at people.

I went to pick up the prescription for my 5 year it had been an hour since the nurse said she would call in the medicine. I went to the nearest Walmart pharmacy, they tell me it has not been called in, I ask her to check again and then recheck spelling. I KNOW they called it in. They say nope nothing. I go and call the doctors they say yes right after we spoke we called it in left a message on the answering machine they use......... I go back and ask again they say no nothing here, so I spelled the entire name again and she says nothing. So I ask her the check the phone messages She assures me that they just checked them...... I insist so she asks the pharmacist to check messages.... she gets on there I am waiting and then she says to me you might as well sit down I have alot to check, I felt going wow really I thought they were just checked. I did not, see one of those times I bit my tongue... I sit down and wait 10 min trying not to fall asleep.... to here we have it. We will put a rush on it and tell them your waiting right here. Which I am very thankful for.

Why, why would someone tell me that the messages had JUST been checked. Anyway finally got the medicine got home and when the door was being shut somehow my youngest managed to shut his finger in it.....He is fine a bit bruised and a cut but okay other wise....

COME ON I am thinking WHY WHY WHY.... God never promised us that being a Christian was easy or that once we are saved we will never have trials in fact I think it can almost guarantee that there will be trials but we have God there to help carry us through....

I was reading some in the Bible was reading through 2 Corinthians 4 verses 8 through 18 really called out to me.

8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.

13 It is written: "I believed; therefore I have spoken."[b]With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence. 15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

I must say that lately I feel hard pressed from all sides, I am working on the remembering I AM NOT crushed I may be perplexed, IE all my whys up above, I am working toward not in despair, I FEEL persecuted, but KNOW I am not abandoned, I have been feeling struck down, BUT I KNOW I AM NOT DESTROYED

Verse 16 tells me not to lose heart, I need to remember that, even though I am feeling low and struggling, God is with me and therefore indeed I should not lose heart, and as 18 reminds us not to remain fixed on what we see cause this is temporary, this will NOT last, Gods love and salvation is eternal.


The end of a way of life

I stumbled across this article on an online news source called The Onion What a sad thing to read. It is amazing to read what the people have to say and how they live. How sad that the doily factory is closing.. If only it were true..... I have been informed, thank you, that this is unreal, geesh I should read closer or just not post things when I have not slept, LOL. But wouldn't this be awesome if it was true. Geesh I would move there in a heartbeat!!! So Happy Birthday Amy, you have been fooled, ahhh well, but still quite a cute story none the less.

HONEYSUCKLE CORNERS, MO—A Missouri town's doily factory will close down for good this week, potentially spelling the end of the idyllic and grandmotherly way of life enjoyed by its citizens for generations.

A typical neighborhood in Honeysuckle Corners, specifically, the intersection of Peachfuzz Lane and Kitten Street. The town is also famous for its lemonade and for being the summer home of Santa Claus.
"Whatever shall we do after the factory has closed?" said Oscar Washburn, a lifelong Honeysuckle Corners resident and 25-year employee of Geo. M. Topper's Protective Doilies & Antimacassars Ltd., on Monday, during the factory's customary 2 p.m. tea break. "How shall I put tarts on my family's table? Will my dear wife be forced to return her new bonnet to Tabitha Twee [the milliner]? It's all just dreadful."

The Topper plant, established in 1854, has long been known as the nation's leading manufacturer of scratch-preventing, lace-trimmed cloth and paper materials, and it provides work for more than two-thirds of the town's adult population.

Citizens of Honeysuckle Corners were once the most prosperous and content in the region, with nearly 75 percent gingerbread-house ownership and an unrivaled tea-cozy-to-person ratio. But since notice of the closure was delivered by bluebird post on Aug. 5, sources within the quiet and orderly town of 4,600 report that the sun has shone with less might, the tulips that line every sidewalk have drooped noticeably, and rock candy now leaves a bitter taste in the mouths of the children.

"I should like to know, with the closing of our town's fine factory, what shall keep an object from being placed upon another object without marring the surface of the latter object?" asked a red-faced, mustachioed C. Winthrop Archer, proprietor of the nearby Dew Drop Luncheonette & Soda Fountain, which many Topper workers patronize each mid-afternoon. "I should like to know. Yes sir, I should very much like to know."

Other residents were more civil, conceding that while there were certainly other things they could do to keep from being idle, such as taking in washing and making preserves, heirloom-quality doily making is all they have ever known.

"Our lives revolve around the factory," said Obsidia McDobbs, head slip-stitcher at the plant. "Every morning at eight o'clock we leave our little cottages, take the Toot-Toot Trolley to Topper's, fashion all manner of beautiful and delicate doilies, picnic out-of-doors on cold chicken and mincemeat pie, return to the factory to work some more, close down shop at three o'clock, and ride home on the Toot-Toot Trolley to our little cottages, where we tend to our flower gardens and play accordions on our front porches."

George M. Topper VI, the factory's owner and great-great-great-grandson of the founder, attributed the plant's closure to changing conditions outside the town, which he observed on a recent trip to Kansas City.

"The housewives of today, clad as they are in men's pantaloons, are less inclined to adorn their furnishings with protective lacy coverings," Topper said. "And with so many men now forgoing hair balms and ointments, it's hard to imagine a time less appropriate for a finely made antimacassar."

Perhaps most alarming, according to one source who would only be quoted under the alias Teorge W. Gopper VI, the largest and most loyal group of consumers for the factory's frilly wares have historically been "the good people of Honeysuckle Corners themselves."

Mayor E.Q. Willard assured the citizenry that he and the town chamber of commerce were devising new and creative ways to bring in revenues.

"One thing is for sure: Our new penny- whistle plant will put Honeysuckle Corners right back on the map," Willard said. "People from all walks of life have always loved penny whistles, and that's not about to change. No indeed."

Residents remained worried, however, that their town could go the way of nearby Willow Bough, known until recently as the "Crocheted Pot Holder Capital" of the United States, but now notorious for its white-slavery and opium ring.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Thoughts for Sunday

Hello just wanted to say Hi!!! I am glad that you have stopped by. I wish I had better post lately mine are all kind of well sad that's what they are sad. Sigh...... I am believing in God that they will improve. Things have to improve, LOL!! Again welcome, it is nice to see I have some new readers as well as some repeats from right here in Kansas.... Nice to see you, I know that some of you are friends of mine, thanks for reading my blog, "blushing",...... I have been doing alot of pondering and some reading of the Bible and stuff and perhaps will have some more uplifting things to post soon.

Oh yes please remember to keep Christina, aka the Kansas Milkmaid, and her kids in prayer. The ongoing prelim is continued on Sept. 11Th. So please remember to pray for strength for her, and also for healing for all those involved. Also please pray for those who have insisted on trying to slander Christina to take a good look at their heart and realize that no matter what someone else is doing even if we think they are wrong, we are ultimately responsible for our own behaviour and will be dealt with accordingly by God.. There fore we should all attempt to behave in a Christian like manner and pray for before speaking if we need to.

Hebrews 4:12-13 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Every thing is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

And yes yes I will admit I have been guilty of needing to bite my tongue and yes more then once, LOL. Okay truthfully my tongue is downright sore at times,and probably should be more then it is, but I will admit I am a work in progress. I think we all are. We just need to work toward Christ like behaviour and thoughts also spending time in Gods word.


Sick Babies

Okay so there not really babies anymore but there my babies!!! My 9 year old who has downs and an allergy to wheat, managed to swipe some wheat this week. He became ill we treated it and he after 24 hours stopped being ill and managed to hold food and liquids down. Thankfully our pediatrician keeps us stocked in medicine to stop the nasuea so that we can get fluids in him.

Last weekend my 5 year old had an allergic reaction to dye free childrens benadryll. Yes the medicine you give for allergic reactions my son is allergic to. Awesome. We took him to the ER they treated him and released and gave us a perscription for another allergy medicine to have on hand if he needed a does. Yeah!!!

Well this weekend my youngest who is 4 has gotten sick. He had a fever of 101.2 I ran and got some motrin when I got back it was 101.9. We also noticed he has a swelling on the side of his neck below the ear. I called the pediatrician and they said yeah go ahead and take him to the local ER he probably has an infection that has manifested in the lymph node or a infected lymph node. So we do they run blood work put in an IV port and then the give him a dose of antibiotics in his IV. They are not sure what the infection is just that he has an infection.

They are giving him the right meds I checked with our doctors. They sent us home with the IV port in, because he seemed okay which is good he rested better here I am sure. This morning more Motrin and he had a temp of 101.2 okay not too bad. I called the pediatrician to check back in, as he seemed a hair more swollen, and they said that is not unheard of, they have seen some lymph nodes get as large as golf balls or tennis balls, WOW can you imagine??? But sometimes they get a hair worse before they get better. Even on the antibiotics.

So we keep on the Motrin and the oral antibiotics and we are now adding tylenol into the mix because as of 3:30 his fever was 103. He seems about the same swelling wise. And we checked back in with our doctors they said if it gets up to 104 with the meds in him we need to just go back to the hospital other wise just keep having him drink and go at 8:00 so they can hook him up and give him another dose of meds in the IV. If anyone will pray for him I would be grateful, there can never be too many prayers.
Anyway if your also wondering why Miss Emmas is not open this would be the reason.

Tiredly and Concerned

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

A furry visitor

Well due to last weeks sad events were we lost a couple of friends things have been a bit low key. Not tonight we had a visitor, I was vacuuming and my 5 year old son comes running in from the kitchen and says Mom there's a bat in the kitchen, I was kinda like no way, then the 4 year old son pipes up and say nooooooo it's a bird. Frankly I was hoping there was nothing or if anything I was hoping for the bird. SIGH..........

I walked into the dinning room and through to the kitchen. I stopped in the door way when I noticed 4 kittens sitting on the floor in the dark kitchen starring up at the ceiling and moving their heads around in circles. RATS!!!! I was hoping there was nothing there at all, well it was not a bird....... We had a lovely large bat flying in circles in our kitchen.

And here I am home with only the 3 youngest as everyone else has gone to church. And guess what the phone is in my bedroom which I can only easily get to through the kitchen we have the second entrance blocked due to the set up in my living room. Well I had my 5 year old squeeze around the hard way he got the phone and I called the church for my husband for help. NO answer man this just gets better and better. So praying someone is home at the parsonage, I dialed up that number and Praise God got an answer. Our pastors wife says she will send my second oldest to get his Dad.

My hubby calls and says whats going on. So I reported our visitor, and he said he will be here shortly. Well meanwhile, my 5 year old says is Dad coming home??? I said yeah why he says cause bats are creepy, and said they bite and he started making bat flying motions with his hand and making it land on his arm and say see they bite. SO my husband gets home and the bat is no where to be found.

He searched the kitchen and the laundry room, I thought well maybe he flew back up stairs. I said okay your sure there is nothing in the laundry room, cause I really gotta go. The bathroom is attached to the laundry room. He says nope nothing there. So I start sneaking through the kitchen and looked up to my left and there he is..... hanging upside down on the wall. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! I found him, I spit out as I sail back out of the kitchen to the relative safety of the living room.

So my husband grabs a variety of items heavy gloves, a coffee can and lid, and a bat. Not the bat, a bat...... He knocks him down and he hides behind my Kitchen Aid, great I can never bake again..... It has bat germs on it, ewwwwwwwwwwwww. Okay Okay I guess I can wash it or maybe my 15 year old son can wash it, yeah there is a good idea..... SO anyway my husband grabs the screeching thing and stuffs him in the coffee can and slaps on the lid. The bat proceeds to screech and throw itself around he is not happy.

Yuck yuck yuck. I did not witness where he got rid of the bat at and frankly I don't want to know as long as it is not in the house anymore I am a happy camper. SO yeah my knight in shinning armour came and slayed my dragons, okay so maybe it was not quite as big as a dragon, but he did get rid of the fuzzy brown sucker. Yeah!!!!!!!!!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Miss Emmas and Paypal.

AHHHHHHHHHHHH I am still working out the bugs with Miss Emmas. It will be later in the week probably before I reopen it. Sigh............ Oh well. I will get it together here eventually.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

My adventures in milking.......and being silly!!!

Okay I did not actually milk these cows, LOL, but I did milk a cow Thursday. I had milked some goats by hand ummmmm around 19 years ago, well that dates me now doesn't it, okay actually I was ummm 1 yeah that's it, LOL 1 year old when I milk a goat while in 4-H, LOL. Okay seriously now, that was a long long time ago. And that was by hand!!!

Last Thursday I was invited to help milk cows by Christina, aka the Kansas Milkmaid, when I went and picked up milk and eggs. I helped wash udders and dip them and then did manage to get the ummm geesh I don't know what it's called, the claw I guess, well I got it attached and it worked!!!! Yeah, I also got to spend time scratching darling Missy's head. She is a sweetie, and feed some more grain to another cow, sorry cow I can not remember your name or the name of the ones I helped wash and milk, thank goodness cows can't read or else I might be in trouble!! You know if they could read they would be waiting next time to bat me in the head with a tail for forgetting their names. After all your getting kinda personal washing and dipping an udder and attaching the claw and all, LOL, they would probably be offended.

I felt kinda bad while attaching the claw especially as once it slipped a bit and as a mom who nursed 6 children for a grand total of 8 years, and had a child who bit, I felt soooooo bad. Anyway the claw for those of you who have not milked a cow, uses suction to stay on, okay any other ladies wincing at this thought, remember no hands to hold it just suction. So you can see who I felt a bit bad about the whole thing. I think they forgave me when I poured them a bit of extra grain. Still....................going on now........

I then helped fill milk jugs and wash and clean up. Hmmmmm maybe it will be like an apprenticeship, she can teach me how to do it and then when I am finally able to move back to the country I will be able to milk cows and take care of the equipment, of course then I would really have to remember the names of my cows you never know how the might react to being called another ladies name during milking, LOL.

Have an awesome Sunday


Miss Emmas

Due to the sad loss of our Simon and Tiger, I have not gotten Miss Emmas up and running yet. I hope to finish up what I need to and have it open by Monday. I am redoing the pricing on cards and everything. I hope you will check back Monday.


Thursday, August 9, 2007

Loss of a poor baby Tiger

This picture was taken during happier times. He was so sweet and loved to play.
We lost Tiger today. The kittens had been sick, but they seemed to be on the upward swing, we ran another test and the parasite was gone, however they were still having diarrhea, we were treating and and then yesterday the vet gave us another medicine yesterday but 3 or so days ago all of a sudden our darling Tiger took a nose dive, he started dropping off weight like there was no tomorrow. He looked like a concentration camp kitty. I was giving him water that I had added some sugar and a bit of salt to, kinda like pedialite, and mushed watery food, and his momma has been licking and licking him, and my daughter has been holding him ALL DAY petting him and loving on him, but it did not work he died cuddled next to his mamma with his head in my hands. I am so weary. This kitten was the most loving most friendly kitten, he loved people, if I was watching TV he would crawl up and cuddle in my lap. Once I heard a meowing coming from outside my door my husband opened it up and it was Tiger he ran in jumped on my bed lay down next to me and was happy. He was the best. Please pray that this new medicine works and that everyone is better ASAP. He will sure be missed!!


Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Miss Emmas

Okay Miss Emmas is temp closed as I am setting up paypal and a shopping cart. SO the page is a bit goofy right now. As I have other things to do besides that, LOL!!!! It will be open by the weekend and hopefully, fingers crossed here, I will have the new items up as well.


Tuesday, August 7, 2007

A death in the family

What a sad day today. We lost our cranky cockatiel Simon. Even though he would bite and screech at us. We will miss him. We did our best, but I am thinking the abuse he received earlier in his life probably shortened his life span. He was kept in a parakeet cage, was missing lots of feathers and also two toes. Alot of screaming and yelling at him as well. We did what we could and he grew back all his feathers and was so shiny and lovely with a nice full plume on his head, we bought him toys and better food. I will miss his silly little self he loved to sit on my shoulder and play with my earrings. He also loved to sit on top of the curtain rods and sleep. He would screech at us while we watched movies unless we moved him were he could see too. What a sad day today for our family. Simon will be missed.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Milk Friends and Soap

We had a fabulous time last night. We spent most of yesterday evening at the Ks Milkmaids house. The kids had so much fun visiting and playing. As we have a large family too and our kids are pretty close in age, we had a great time.... We had dinner together, and made soap, that was awesome, and picked up milk. I am so glad that we have been able to get to know Christina and her children we have such fun just visiting and chatting with this wonderful family. We love her kids and her to pieces. I also am so thrilled to have been able to try my hand at making soap, it was awesome and would like to do it again. Please remember to keep Christina and her children in prayer. There is a hearing scheduled for the 13th of August, if they do not reschedule it, so keep them in prayer for strength and endurance and safety.

Thanks and have an awesome weekend.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Seeking to Devour a guest post from Kansas Milkmaid

Hello everyone I hope your wednesday is awesome. The following article is written by the KsMilkmaid and is very good. I have experienced the following issues she is talking about all except the harrassing email, after my post telling them I was in the courtroom and heard what was going on they have no longer actually contacted me, but they do search my blog frequntly for whatever they can find. It is a shame that instead of spending all this time trying to help their family member or friend who needs help to escape whatever it is that has a hold of him, they spend it harrassing and trying to ruin buisness for a mother with 6 children. Lets just remember to pray for everyone involved and please enjoy the following!!!

Dear Friends of the Kansas Milkmaid and children:

Do you have a link to the Kansas Milkmaid? Are you praying for the Kansas Milkmaid and children? Perhaps, you have a comment made by the Kansas Milkmaid on your site sitting in your archives. Please know your site is being searched by Speednet.net out of Hillsboro , Kansas . It will sometimes show up as Moundridge , Kansas . One person from Cox.net of Altamont, Kansas also has joined in on the…er… fun. You will notice their key words to include: Kansas Milkmaid liar, Kansas Milkmaid income, Kansas Milkmaid abuse, Kansas Milkmaid Lawyer, Archives of Kansas Milkmaid raw milk. There are a variety of combinations.

I ask that if you see these internet provider addresses pop up on your site meter (they will be most noticeable by the keyword search) that you please pause and pray for these people. The desire of their heart is filled with malice. Pray that God would draw them in. I would ask that you pray for me as everything that I have written is being twisted to fit their perception of me. I know God is using this time to mold me into His image. Part of that is to humble me before Him. Pray that His work would be completed in me and that bitterness would not take root in my heart as I witness these heinous acts. Pray that I will respond publicly and privately with gentle answers reflecting Christ. I have already been in court and witnessed a profound twisting of my written words. And, I have witnessed some emails containing slander. Let’s say, I have some work to do on the gentle response approach. I am sure before this season of my life is concluded; I will have many more opportunities to practice the art of gently responding like Christ did before His accusers.

I contacted one spiritual leader of one of these people and it produced no results. They still search endlessly for anything and everything to twist and distort. The best tool in my arsenal is to hold up the shield of faith and to use the power of prayer. I ask that all of you please pray.

Udderly His,
The Kansas Milkmaid

P.S. There are anonymous and sometimes not so anonymous emails circulating about my past. They are being sent to friends on the internet and some have gone to lengths of calling customers to share their opinions and slander. Please bring these issues before the Lord as well. I am learning that my reputation is meaningless in the grand scheme of things. It is the Lord’s reputation that I should be concerned with. PTL, He is refining me.

Instead if complaining about the war, Thank God for our Military

Two of my brothers are Marines they joined AFTER the war started. I am so proud of them and even though some of these images are disturbing, so if you are squeamish don't look, we need to remember to be thankful for our Military and remember that while we may not like what is going on, I mean who likes war??, we should speak about our military with pride, Praise God we have such wonderful men and women willing to risk their lives not only for US here in the USA, but for our neighbors around the world. I am so proud of all of our service men and women. And yes even our President yes he fumbles sometimes, He is human after all. And with everything that has happend thank the Lord we have had such good caring man in charge of our country. God Bless America and God Bless our Military!!!

From: CaSpEr347
Date: Jul 31, 2007 4:27 PM

*Turn up your volume*

You stay up for 16 hours.
He stays up for days on end.

You take a warm shower to help you wake up.
He goes days or weeks without running water.

You complain of a "headache", and call in sick.
He gets shot at as others are hit, and keeps moving forward.

You put on your anti war/don't support the troops shirt, and go meet up with your friends.
He still fights for your right to wear that shirt.

You make sure you're cell phone is in your pocket.
He clutches the cross hanging on his chain next to his dog tags.

You talk trash about your "buddies" that aren't with you.
He knows he may not see some of his buddies again.

You walk down the beach, staring at all the pretty girls.
He patrols the streets, searching for insurgents and terroristsYou complain about how hot it is.
He wears his heavy gear, not daring to take off his helmet to wipe his brow.

You go out to lunch, and complain because the restaurant got your order wrong.
He doesn't get to eat today.

Your maid makes your bed and washes your clothes.
He wears the same things for weeks, but makes sure his weapons are clean.

You go to the mall and get your hair redone.
He doesn't have time to brush his teeth today.

You're angry because your class ran 5 minutes over.
He's told he will be held over an extra 2 months.

You call your girlfriend and set a date for tonight.
He waits for the mail to see if there is a letter from home.

You hug and kiss your girlfriend, like you do everyday.
He holds his letter close and smells his love's perfume.

You roll your eyes as a baby cries.
He gets a letter with pictures of his new child, and wonders if they'll ever meet.

You criticize your government, and say that war never solves anything.
He sees the innocent tortured and killed by their own people and remembers why he is fighting.

You hear the jokes about the war, and make fun of men like him.
He hears the gunfire, bombs and screams of the wounded.

You see only what the media wants you to see.
He sees the broken bodies lying around him.

You are asked to go to the store by your parents. You don't.
He does exactly what he is told even if it puts his life in danger.

You stay at home and watch TV.
He takes whatever time he is given to call, write home, sleep, and eat.

You crawl into your soft bed, with down pillows, and get comfortable.
He tries to sleep but gets woken by mortars and helicopters all night long.


If you don't support your troops well, then don't re-post. You won't die in 7 days, your love life won't be affected, and you won't have the worst day ever. You don't have to repost. It's not like you know the men and women that are dying to preserve your rights.