Saturday, November 21, 2015

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Deployed to Afghanistan, living in a dilapidated k hut, it was Christmas again. Another year away from home and family.  On a wooden table sat a small Christian tree a loving wife sent from home, complete with decorations.  The chow hall worked hard to put a nice dinner on the table.  Cheerful decorations, food and friends.  What else could you want?

 Only the most important thing of all.  Family

There are no gifts under the tree.  No little squeals from children discovering the exciting new toys Santa Claus left under the tree.  Instead they get word to expect wounded. A neighboring fob was hit.  5 dead and more wounded Christmas day.  As they eat they hear mortars exploding in the distance.

Now I understand

Thank you my dearest Dragon.

Thank you for trying.

This year we have a huge tree.  It takes up most of the living room.  No Charlie Brown tree for us this year and no one gets to feel lonely.

I can't fix the survivors guilt but I can absolutely make sure that everyone in my family feels loved.


  1. Thank you indeed. Wishing you the best of Christmas.

  2. Well this one brought the tears Rose! Happy you are all together for Christmas and feeling loved. Thank you so much Dragon...sending prayers and healing energy.

    Hugs and blessings...Cat

  3. Thank you. I am the one that sent the tree. I knew the little things matter so very much. How could any of us had known that the little tree would have been a source of pain?

  4. Tears in my eyes. Lately my siblings, cousin and I have been reading letters our dads sent home during World War II and for dad the Korean conflict. The reality of the hardships and regular everyday life... Emotional.
    Thanks to Dragon.

  5. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. Every year Dragon tells me a little bit more. I knew about the attack at the neighboring fob but it was the first time that he told me that he associated a Christmas tree with the loneliness of a deployment. It breaks my heart.

  6. Sending love to Dragon and all the warriors, wounded mentally, emotionally or physically while serving our country.