I think it was the NY Times that described June as having had the greatest number of US Forces killed in Iraq in a while — a couple of years or something.
So, yeah — June has been a tough month. We fight for king and country, but we also fight for those to our left and to our right.
Buuuuut, I do have to say — bundles have been flowing into AF. I should see if I can call the AF crew tomorrow, for a check — there are few benefits to being in Iraq, but free calls to Afghanistan is one of them.
I did get some feedback from the folks on the ground in Afghanistan. “Please send bling” was one of their requests. Actually, the quote was “If available, they suggest sending some bling-bling to fasten to the clothing. The ladies enjoy decorating their clothes with mirrored items, fake stones and sequence.”
I think that’s certainly reasonable.
I also think this should be a bit inspiring:
Other feedback included great cheering over the inclusion of thread and needles “and things,” though I’m a bit unsure what that means. Perhaps pastries. “Threads are good, sheer-type fabric is good for head scarves and things, patterns fabrics are good, even velvet-type fabrics are really popular here (even in the summer heat!) Needles for hand-embroidery, pins, sewing machine needles, and trim (beads, lace, thin ribbons) and bolts of fabric big enough to make a standard shalwar chemise would be great, too.”
And last, but certainly not least, if you’re looking for a little something else to do, it’s time for Super Secret Project 6. Leave me a comment if you need the bundles address, or if you want more details on the SSP6. It’s gonna be fun.