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  •  Thank you for a true activist's diary! (19+ / 0-)

    Information, perspective, and suggestions for improvement.  I'll definitely be thinking about the interpreters and other Iraqis working for the US the next time I send my care packages.

    Thanks for that suggestion.  And apologies that we've forgotten about over the past few years.

    My son-in-law is home from Iraq now after five deployments (three in Afghanistan and two in Iraq).  He was first deployed to Afghanistan before his daughter was born, and she's turning 6 now and has lived with me her whole life (her mom was deployed when my granddaughter was five weeks old, and was wounded in her third deployment).  

    Leyla and her dad were able to spend six months together a couple years ago, but except for that, their times together have been constrained to 1- and 2-week visits.  So she's home with him now in Illinois as part of a series of short visits in preparation for her coming to live with him this summer.  So they're both over the moon with excitement.

    Leyla calls me twice a day and starts with something like this: "Nana, you are not going to believe this, but there's still snow here!"  She tells me, a little disappointedly, that somehow her dad has the same rules in his house that I have in mine: no getting up from the table during mealtime, always try at least two bites of a new food, bedtime is at 8:30, everybody has to sit at the table together to do homework.

    Sharing these daily guidelines has helped Leyla's take on a smidgen of the stress of transitioning from military to civilian life and life with a crazily busy 6-year-old daughter whom he's just getting to know.

    Here's hoping you're home soon, too, and safe as well.  And that you'll be perpetually overjoyed by the persistence of snow and family love.

    •  Thanks for sharing this. I have a friend with an (3+ / 0-)
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      active duty family life as well, and I'll pass on the "common rules" strategy to her to help them with their deployment readjustments!

      It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change. - Charles Darwin

      by Freedoms Road on Thu Feb 05, 2009 at 09:29:16 AM PST

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