August 29, 2009

Cough, Gag, Cough

A French soldier wears a visor and face cover to protect himself from the dust as he patrols in Deh Rawod, in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan on August 17, 2009. (PASCAL GUYOT/AFP/Getty Images)

Maybe I am easily influenced, but when I saw this photo I could almost taste the sand and I had to cough. I.Actually.Coughed. Empathy personified.

Living my life in a mid western state in a safe environment takes little effort compared to the sacrifices and tragedies people face every day in other countries. Seeing photos similar to this one help remind me to be thankful for my life and health and hubby and home and to send support and love from my heart to those like the soldier in this photo.


cinner said...

TechnoBabe, wow, I can taste it too. We are very blessed aren't we.
My support goes to the soldiers and their families, and my prayers too. Take care.

Shadowthorne said...

I hate the sand, thus I rarely appear at the beach. The sand gets everywhere; from your shoes to inside your car.

But from these sandy places two great religions were born. So much empty space, nothing much to do, no wonder the mind was open as vast as the skies.

Susan B. at warmchocmilk said...

My brother in law was in Iraq twice. Her serves in the Navy. I can hardly think about it....What it must be like over their. I don't even have any way to relate, but you are right, it sure makes our daily stuggles and complaints seem contrite. God Bless them.

Spencer L Casey said...

Under the mask, he has an iPod, Blackberry, beer bong and about a pound of beef jerky. It's a palace in there!

Seriously, makes my throat scratchy looking at that pic as well.


Elizabeth Bradley said...

If only more people were empathetic. The sand and the heat must be unbearable.

Brian Miller said...

strong words there...we have a lot to be thankful particular to those that provide a safe environment for us by sacrificing their lives.

Ina in Alaska said...

We take for granted the freedoms we enjoy at the cost of the struggles and challenges of those fighting for us and others so far away. Hear!! Hear!!

therapydoc said...

Thanks for the pic. A good reminder that we're so __ lucky.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Amen to that. We have MUCH to be thankful for. Thanks for the reminder.