Thursday, May 12, 2005

Pics From a Town in the Center of Nowhere

We visited a small town the other day that hadn't been visited by any U.S. soldiers in quite a long time. There was nothing around this town for miles except open flat desert. We were farther north than we'd ever been before, so far north that we could begin to see the beginnings of a mountain range. The people of this town received us well. We came bearing toys, clothes, stuffed animals, and lots of school supplies. As you'll notice in these pictures, all of Iraq is not on fire. It's unfortunate that you don't often see towns like these while watching t.v. in your living room back home.

I think they like us
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Looking towards their future
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I think they were hoping for their picture to show up on one of those fliers
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Outside the school
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These two are a small part of the most precious segment of the Iraqi population
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A girl with her gift from an American soldier
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I must have looked like a giant in her eyes
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Iraqi children literally floating in their haste to see the American soldiers
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Road block on our way tho the town
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21 Comments:

Blogger Toni said...

Great pictures Michael. I really liked the one with the older girl holding the stuffed animal and then the 2 little girls floating. Must have been a fun visit. What kind of amenities does this village have? I mean water, electric, sewer...that type of thing.

7:45 AM  
Blogger renny said...

My 20 month old looked at those pictures and said "awwwwwww" I think she likes them :) Thanks for posting pictures

renate

8:20 AM  
Blogger Desultory Girl said...

Dude, those are some awesome pics! Those kids look genuinely happy and their sooo cute.

I guess those cows have their own agenda.

11:22 AM  
Blogger Army Wife said...

I love that you are posting all of these photos.

11:29 AM  
Anonymous membrain said...

Thanks for posting those pics Michael. Great stuff. Here's the site of Soldier serving in Baghdad that I just discovered yesterday.

http://www.bootsinbaghdad.blogspot.com/

He's 22 and has a great attitude and also great pics.

Stay safe Michael.

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sooooooo cute!

THX.


Ricardo

3:13 PM  
Blogger Mom said...

I wish we got pictures like this at home too. It sure puts a different light on things when I see these.

5:00 PM  
Blogger Mom said...

I wish we got pictures like this at home too. It sure puts a different light on things when I see these.

5:00 PM  
Blogger devildog6771 said...

Michael, those are wonderful pictures. Don't let anyone discourage you from putting your pictures on your blog.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. You have a gold mine of pictures here.

Be safe Michael. Keep those great pictures coming. This is what more people need to see. Maybe Kofi Anan will see them and some of those other do nothings at the UN and finally start to offer some real assistance to the Iraqi people.

9:05 AM  
Blogger Yarbz www.juggernuts.com said...

Nice stuff...

8:17 AM  
Blogger Maggie45 said...

I love these!! Thank you for everything you do!

2:29 PM  
Blogger mig said...

Memorial Day weekend is over and we are taking down the flags at the healingfields at the battleship. I think of you guys everyday and I am so grateful for everything you do and all that you believe. So help us God you will all come home, safe and in one piece. I love you...

10:14 AM  
Blogger Pebble said...

I tried to add you to my personal reader "Bloglines" and I get this message:
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No feeds were found. Please verify that the website publishes an RSS feed.
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So many blogs I love to read, like yours, and this little free thing is easy and lets you know when of your listed blogs (orwhatever site) has been updated.

http://www.bloglines.com/

3:26 PM  
Blogger momsgoneloony said...

Great pictures!! I want you to know that I and my family appreciate all you are doing and your willingness to stand up and fight for our country and for the people of Iraq. You are a hero. We have very close friends whose son is going to Iraq as a Marine in August. It is hard not to cry, but we are so very proud of him. You have not posted in a while and I just wanted you to know we are all praying for your safe return. Thank you so much for all you do.

3:10 AM  
Anonymous sandy said...

Hay there Michael, really love the pic's keep them comeing..
My man is there,its very hard for people to really understand what everyone is going through there, "Unlees you have been there done that".
Your pic's at least give some people a look into the job you all have to do...
Stay Safe and Take Care all...

1:29 PM  
Anonymous bikepeddler@hotmail.com said...

Good work Michael, keep it coming. Till then, stay bored that is if bored equals safe.

12:53 PM  
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