Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Willing to Serve
I received this sand from a great kid that lives in my neighborhood, Jordan Bateman. He has been stationed in Iraq for just a little over 2 years now. He comes home on occassion to visit his friends and family and when he does, he even finds time to sneak away to the hotel and enjoy some quiet time with his wife. Because I am so proud of him and the service he is performing for our country, I try to hook him up with a great rate whenever I can. It's the least I can do in exchange for what he is doing on my behalf over there. The last time he came to visit, he not only gave me one of his famous Bateman hugs, but surprised me with these items from Iraq, Iran, and Kuwait. I should have asked how he got each of them, but thought I would let him enjoy his R & R. I figured he came home to get away from all of that over there. I'm so thankful to him for bringing me a little bit of his world, even if it's not his idea of what a world should be like. The canister he brought it to me in holds the earplugs he uses during practice of using his weapons. He tells me that where he is stationed, it's more lush and green than dry and sandy. He feels very fortunate that he is stationed in that area unlike others. I feel fortunate that we have people like Jordan who are willing to serve. Thanks again to Jordan and all those who serve in the armed forces. You are appreciated beyond words.