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Silent Night: A Soldier's Mother Writes. (Part Two)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Thursday, December 27, 2007

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A mother finds out just how badly hurt her military son is; she tries her best to come to terms with the situation, no easy task, especially since the holidays are fastly approaching.

December 8, 2007~

Dear Ma'am~

This is Melinda Ortiz from the American Red Cross. I am writing again to let you know what's going on with your son, Corey. Corey, as you know, has been seriously injured in a bomb attack north of Baghdad.

Corey has been flown to Weisbaden, West Germany, for further treatment of his injuries. He has made it through the critical first few weeks; we believe that he is going to survive--changed forever, perhaps, but he will make it with the right kind of help.

You son has lost both legs in the explosion I just mentioned above. Yet he is young and strong; I'm fully confident that he will pull through.

According to the latest medical reports from the hospital, his overall condition has stabilized; however, he faces a long recovery.

If you have any further questions, please call me at the number listed below. Thank you.

Most sincerely,

Melinda Ortiz, American Red Cross.

December 8, 2007~

Dearest Corey~

Son, I have heard what has happened to you, and I am so sorry! How I wish I could trade places with you!

Ever since you left for Iraq, I've been terrified of losing you or hearing you got injured in battle. Now it's come to pass, and I'm scared for your very life! I feel so helpless!

Don't you worry about a thing, son. I'll see to it that you have everything you can possibly ever need. If push comes to shove, I'll even fly out there to see you; I'd do it, too! After all, I am your mother!

Please know that you're in our prayers, in my heart, and that I love you so much! God bless you, Corey; I love you more than you will ever know!

~As ever, your mother. (XOXOXO)

December 12, 2007, Weisbaden, West Germany~

Dear Mom~

I am so glad to hear from you! Thank you for writing!

This won't be long--in too much pain to write, they have me doped up strong; it's not even touching it. It's excruciating; it's making me nauseous!

It feels like someone's pulling my legs sideways, then yankin' 'em as hard as they possibly can. I can't eat, I can't sleep; it's bad, mom--really, really bad!!

Well, I just managed to toss my cookies all over myself again, so I'll go. Need to clean myself up again. Gross!!

I'll write back soon. Take care, mom, I love you, too!

~As ever, your devoted son, Corey.

December 15, 2007~

Dear Corey~

I wish I could take away your pain, your suffering; but I'm not God. I'm only your mother.

However, I can pray to God, to give you the strength to get through the difficult days that lie ahead. It's the best I can do for you at this moment and time. I have even made arrangements to fly there, so I can see you in person. It's my duty as your mother.

Consider it my Christmas gift to you.

Merry Christmas! I will see  you soon, son! I love you more than life itself!

~As ever, your mom. (XOXOXOXO)

~End of Part Two.~


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Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 12/28/2007
Well written nostalgic piece!!

Lvoe Tinka
Reviewed by Felix Perry 12/28/2007
Sad but all too real.

Reviewed by Sandra Mushi 12/27/2007
What a nostalgic write, Karen. You have such a way of bringing us back to Earth.

Merry Christmas and God bless,

Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 12/27/2007
Glad you are back I missed your stories
God Bless
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 12/27/2007

Powerfully penned sadness, and reality for far too many of our brave men and women in uniform--this just makes me want to pray all the more for the war to end, for them to come home safe and well. Excellent exhange.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 12/27/2007
Wow, what a thought provoking write, really makes one want to grab their children and hold them tight! So sad and even more sad there are moms and soldiers who are living this nightmare in reality. Sad write, written from the heart and very creative...well done my friend. Take care!
Joyce B.

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