Saturday, March 28, 2009

Letters from home

Children from a fourth-grade class at Our Lady of Victory School took time to write SFC McG and me rather sweet letters about a month ago. I've been so busy I've not had time to write to thank them for their thoughtfulness.

I wanted to share with you some of what they wrote me.

Maura asks, "Does Mr. McG do a good job? I hope so."

Patrick writes, "I play a lot of sports. I play soccer, hockey, skiing, and snowboarding. Are there mountains in Iraq?"

Tommy wants to know, "Have you ever gotten hurt? The war must be hard?"

Marissa's questions: "What is your favorite book? What is your favorite sport? Do you think monsters and ghosts are real? I do. I hope you are feeling well."

Erin is very direct: "If I don't have homework, I would read. What do you do with your free time? I would love it if you send me a picture of where you live. God bless you, Erin. p.s. WRITE BACK!"

OK, Erin: here's a photograph of where I live, looking down the row from my Containerized Housing Unit. You might notice the helicopters flying off in the distance. They're very similar to the helicopters I fly on.
Maura, SFC McG does a *great* job protecting me! Thanks for asking. Patrick, I'm told there are mountains in Iraq, but none near where I live. Tommy, I've never been hurt since coming to Iraq, thank God. Thank you for your prayers. Marissa, my favorite books recently have been the Harry Potter series; my favorite sport is SCUBA diving (did you know that SCUBA stands for 'self-contained underwater breathing apparatus'?); I don't think monsters and ghosts are real, but I love reading about them! I'm feeling very well, thanks.

I wish I had enough time to write each of the students back individually.

Blessings and peace to one and all,

Fr. Tim, SJ
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1 comment:

admajoremdeigloriam said...

Hi Fr. Tim, I just wanted to help with your answer as to whether there are mountains in Iraq. There are--I went running on a different part of my COB the other day than I normally do, and the SFC running with me stopped to comment on the mountains in the distance, neither one of us had noticed them in the 3 months we've been here. One of these days I'll have to take a picture and post it on my site.

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