Saturday, November 6, 2004

A LETTER FROM BASIC

Just got a letter from Gabe.  He hasn't received any of our letters yet.  (Steve did a quick check and discovered that the zip code we had was wrong!) His letter is short, he says its been raining a lot and he can't keep his feet dry.  Although he admits that 'it sucks', he sounded really upbeat.  He put in a menu request when he gets home in between training.  And he wants some pictures of the mountains.

On a sad note, he passed a soldier whom he discribed as 'holding up his pants and had a lost look on his face' as the soldier was being escorted by another soldier.  He then noticed that the soldier had no shoe laces.  When a soldier is put on suicide watch, his shoe laces are confiscated.  Our friend Nolan had no laces on his boots when his boots were returned to his family.  Gabe admits that he had tears in his eyes when he realized what the new soldier was going through, just as I do right now.  Dear God please bless these brave young recuits with their visions of saving the world.  They are so young and idealistic... and vulnerable.  I pray that these young men are able to realize their goals, and if it is not to be... then I pray that their instructors know when enough is enough... and allow them to take another path with dignity.

5 comments:

astaryth said...

Glad you heard from Gabe, but a bummer about the zip code thing. He will eventually get your letters, they will just take longer!!

kimbellina1957 said...

OH MY GOSH I KNOW YOU GOT WORRIED WHEN GABE TOLD YOU ABOUT THE SOLDIER WITHOUT HIS SHOE STRINGS. BECUASE OF YOUR FRIEND. THAT MADE ME SAD. I AM HOWEVER HAPPY TO HEAR YOUR SON IS DOING ALRIGHT DORN. I BET YOU WERE RELIEVED TO SAY THE LEAST. :)
WHEN WILL YOU ALL LEAVE TO GO TO HIS GRADUATION ?
KIM.

purplectigger said...

Yep, it has been raining in KY. When will he be done with Basic? will he get to be home for christmas? I hope his letter made you feel better.
Have a great day
R.C.

xxlilfweak1231xx said...

my brother went through basic and it changed hsi life-  he was soooo much more responsible and all that.....  but then about 2 1/2 years ago my brother went AWOL and NO ONE has seen him since then.....  so when someone get's the laces taken away- i just think about when my brother did that right before he left.....  but i join you in thinking that the new recruits need all the support they can get... from people....  family.... friend's.....  God....  or whoever....  have a good one!!!  rachel

cneinhorn said...

Oh how sad about the soldier with no laces, I hope he'll be okay.  I'm glad to read that Gabe is doing okay.  
~JerseyGirl