4356 – JUST KEEPING IT REAL…
Dear Mom and Dad…
Some days, Nana helps me tell a silly story or two, and all days, she tries to let you see me grow, and make me a part of each and every day that you are there in the land of sand!
Other days, she tries to help you make it to another day… and encourage what must at times feel impossible to you…
And I am not sure if her diabetes is just getting the better of her some days, but it is true some days… are harder than others, and just when she is feeling a little tired… I talk some sense into her crazy head, and get her to remember what is important – like the number 4356! Why you ask… well, I am going to show you some of today’s photos, in hope that they will make you smile… they will remind you of your little POG (Pot of Gold) and get you through another day.
THIS IS ME… TODAY… EACH AND EVERY PHOTOGRAPH, IS ME ON Monday, October 26th through out the day….
WHAT IS 4356 YOU ASK….?
In the days and weeks since I have been at camp, the love letters I have written, and the photo shoots, and costume changes I have been part of, are many… Nana took 845 photos in the entire calendar year of 2008. MOST OF THEM AT DARNELL ARMY HOSPITAL IN DECEMBER OF 2008! 4356 is not the number of photos, she has taken since January 1, 2009, as you can see from today, every day has dozens of shots… and hundreds of written words… but 4356 is not representative of any of what has been done here at Camp Nana… BUT INSTEAD IS THE NUMBER OF AMERICAN MILITARY CASUALTIES in the land of sand thus far! ( This information according to www.defenselink.mil.news.casuality.pdf at 10/26/2009 at 10:00a.m. EST This does not include the 30,000 plus that have been injured, and those who have been taken in other areas of the world in recent months. It does not account for military persons from other countries, nor civilians and Iraqi’s. The numbers are beyond imagination – the pain and heart ache incomprehensible for those who have lost loved ones…
So, mom and dad, with all of that having been said, we all wish for your safe return… for all the soldiers safe return to thier families… I know Nana puts so many silly things in my love letters, like things about me and Giselle, or fake Chipmunks to distract you, to make light… but make no mistake about the fact that YOUR MOM AND DAD, AND THE REST OF THE CAMPERS are very aware, and that we are are THANKFUL for your safety thus far. Know that no matter what else is happening in our world here at camp… you can count on YOUR SWEET BABY to pose for thousands and thousands (OR MILLIONS IF THAT IS WHAT IT TAKES) of photos for you! WHAT EVER IT TAKES FOR YOU TO GET THROUGH THIS ALL, AND HOME TO ALL OF US HERE IN THE STATES.
So this is my pre – THANKSGIVING (since we are all thankful every day not just in November)note of love, to say to you once more…. I love you both, and admire that you are both trying to keep promises to each other, to me, to our country, and that one day soon…. you will hold me in your arms.
The BLACK BEAST/aka Mr. Nikon… Nana, and I with all the campers have work to do… and we will keep on doing it… each and every day…. happily, and with love in our hearts and souls for all who have sacrificed so much. I am hoping this deployment will not last more than 12 months, and that you and daddy will also be HERE sometime soon for a visit. But no matter what Mom and Dad, your little spirit stick is always ready for a photo op…. is always willing to take video… just to tide you over, until we are together again. As always, your LITTLE MISS ADORABLE, your daughter,
P.S. (and to lighten this up just a bit for you…)
Do you think I could get a job as an EYELASH MODEL… below is me making my wish for you to smile today…. I will write you again tomorrow, until then, we all send …. Love from Michigan and from all the other states and countries watching us… and reading my love letters!