Wednesday, July 01, 2009

More on Quilts of Valor

This soldier was from Guam. He was wondering when he would be able to get back to the tropics. He was stationed here 3 years ago when we had our "Big Blizzard" It was the first time he had seen snow, and was excited for about a day. Then he said he was over that! He has had two full tours in Iraq and was injured during his third. He was a lot of fun to talk to. Since he didn't have an appointment for a half an hour - we entertained him. Or at least we thought we were - he might have been trying to get away....



This soldier was helping us carry some quilts into the vault. These will be under military security. There were a few soldiers who weren't able to make it to formations, so we made sure they would have quilts delivered to them. The one in the picture had four daughters, and he said he was wishing for a son too. So I let him have my boys - for about 2 minutes. He tried to trade - but told me his girls were very girly and would not like to do outside chores. I politely declined.


Next - we were put to work. And please note - I use the term "we" lightly. This Platoon leader said all the men in his presence must complete their P.T. So I looked very busy when he yelled hit the deck and give me 10. I was sure he was only speaking to the men - and in no way was I included in that command. I very kindly reminded him that I was a General in my own mind, so I outranked him. It seemed to work until the Chaplain was able to rescue me.....

7 comments:

Nancy said...

How wonderful that you are able to visit with the soldiers and hear their stories. Thanks for sharing.

Vicki W said...

Oh what a thrill, I see one of my pillowcases!

marilyn said...

I love your logic! I'll have to remember that I am a commander too, at least in my house and outrank everyone around here, so commands don't affect me either :)
love it.

SewCalGal said...

Thank you for all you do. Great article.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Lori in South Dakota said...

I so LOVE these posts! Motivates me to sew faster!

LizA. said...

How wonderful that you got to spend some time with the soldiers. It looks like the boys had fun despite the pt. You go General Alycia! Or is that General Mom? Have a great 4th!

Stephanie D. said...

General Quilter--I like that! Did he respectfully salute you, then?

Because I certainly think you deserve a big salute for planning, coordinating and executing all this!