Days of My Life

Talk about daily life of a teenage girl in Iraq, and days of suffering and success. My nick name will be Sunshine..

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Home inspection again ...

Hello friends .
yesterday I came back from my school , I didn't have so much homework , so I decided to have rest & read my E-mails . At 4:45 pm I decided to take a shower , & while I was doing that , I started to think about home inspection( I don't know why?!) & how to start a conversation with the soldiers , suddenly my sister knocked on the door to tell me to HURRY UP because there is an inspection in the neighborhood, while I was saying to her" ok ok I will " , my mom came and said that the soldiers were in our house . I wore my clothes while the soap was still covering my face and went out!!! ..
& I said OH GOD MY ROOM !! it was sooooooooooo messy ( but today I organized my room & my bed before going to school…)
Anyway , they asked if any one could speak English , & I answered quickly yes ( interrupting my mom of course ) . They asked my mom if it is ok with us if they used the roof , to see the neighborhood & to cover the road for a coming troop, my mom & I said " yes of course you are welcome ", they were about 25 soldiers , three of them stayed with us ,while the others went up to the roof.
In spite of the hoarseness in my voice , as I had laryngitis this week ,( now my voice sound like a teenager boy's voice) but I kept talking & talking!!! .. all the family were wearing pajamas we didn't have enough time to change our clothes ( just like in pajamas parties)…
I did what some soldiers told me after the previous inspection and asked them about their names , their unit & who is the commander?!!..
from which states they came from & we kept talking for more than an hour .
Anyway , they were very polite & nice with us ,& of course I showed off & talked about my blog , I also told them that I copied my blog if they want to take a look . You won't believe what happened , every one from the three soldiers read some posts from my blog during their stay in my house , but that was very funny , they took off there weapons , sun glasses & balaclavas , sat & started reading, with suckers in everyone mouth showing a bulbous cheeks , they read the post "an adventure" , they talked with me about some posts … I asked them if they know some Arabic words , they said no , & one of them said that a soldier in their unit thought that he was good in Arabic but he was only ridiculous , I kept laughing about that.
Before they had left I took a photograph for them…
That is the end of my post for today take care all……….
Sunshine……………..

40 Comments:

At 7:53 PM, Blogger programmer craig said...

Hi SUnshine-

When I read the title of this post I though "Oh my God, poor Sunshine had another bad experience with the US troops!"

I'm so glad that's not the case this time :) It sounds like you had maybe a little bit of fun this time too.

Can I ask, which posts did you show them? Did they say anything about them?

 
At 8:32 PM, Anonymous RG said...

Sunshine,

Thanks for making our guys feel at home. When they took their gear off and read the blog with you, they obviously saw an opportunity to enjoy spending time with family. They probably miss that being far from home.

As you can tell, these guys are just like any other guys. They are good people. I am pleased that they asked permission to set up the observation point and took time to share reading your blog with you and conversing with you.

That shows them that there are a lot of good people such as you and your family in Iraq and makes them want to help as much as they can to keep the bad guys away.

 
At 8:59 PM, Blogger Lisa, New York said...

Sunshine,

I'm so glad you had a better experience this time.

I hope they realized how wonderful a person you are, because you really are.

 
At 9:05 PM, Blogger Lisa, New York said...

Sunshine,

I forgot to ask you... is that the longest time you have ever spoken English? You said you talked with them for an hour. That must have been great English practice for you.

 
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At 10:45 PM, Anonymous Sara said...

Oh Sunshine! I'm SO glad that this was a happier experience for you than one you had written about before. I imagine you made those soldiers think about their own little sisters, nieces, etc. and it was so nice that you tried to make them feel comfortable. I'm sure they miss their own families very much. It also must have been GREAT English practice for you! I'm glad you are safe and happy today!

 
At 1:44 AM, Blogger Maddog said...

Sunshine,

I am so sure...

You have no "idea" just how wonderful you have represented to our soldiers the Iraqi spirit.

To discuss your life together with theirs... Wow!

Your interaction will make be more than a few memories in history (and I hope lifelong memories!). It would be interesting if the Mosul American milblogs will tell the same story!

I hope that sometime you will be able to publish your photo with them. Very much.

We are all so very much alike, aren't we? Good people always like good people. I'll bet our soldiers liked you very much!

Sunshine, there are so many of us who wish you well in the world. That's why this is such good news.

PS - It seems that the ING is making great strides to protect you and all of Iraq. Your protection, your people, your countrie's security force in action. YEAH!

Sooner or later, this will be all behind you (and us!), and we all will be friends for life.

We love you girl!

 
At 4:41 AM, Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

12 01 05

Hello Sunshine: Glad to know you are back and safe and had a reasonable experience:)

 
At 4:54 AM, Blogger Noah said...

I enjoyed reading your post.

 
At 4:59 AM, Blogger John Norris Brown said...

Sunshine, good to hear you made new friends! I'm sure the soldiers appreciate your blog, particularly this entry :-)

 
At 6:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remembering the last inspection when I saw the title to the post I thought "Oh no, I hope it did not go like the last one." It made me so mad.
Then I read it and I was so excited for you. I'm so glad it went better this time. I know you liked being able to "so off" your english skills. And I'm glad you got to spend some time with those soldiers. You probably made their day. My husband is full of stories about the locals in Afghanistan. He loves talking about his conversations with them. Children make the biggest impressions and knowing you from your blog you made a lasting impression, one they will never forget. I'm sure of it.

 
At 6:28 AM, Blogger Kim said...

That is so awesome Sunshine!! You are truly a peacemaker.

 
At 7:47 AM, Blogger sur said...

good for you..Just as I have learned from you family's blogs, so these guys have learned that you are PEOPLE too, With fanilies, hopes, love and etc.
It is very hard to hate or dislike somone who is just like you or your family.
keep it up
love

 
At 9:15 AM, Blogger olivebranch said...

GREAT news and great post my dear :) keep it up, your english is getting GREAT.

 
At 2:56 PM, Blogger Sunshine said...

To programmer with love …
well , they read 4 archives April . May , June & July …
& we discussed : At relatives house , leaving the house , my American relative & meeting the French eye doctor..
they also asked me about the schools in Iraq …
Sunshine...

 
At 7:59 PM, Blogger Ripama said...

Sunshine,

Forget engineering, you should be President of Iraq. Iraq needs your wisdom more than it needs another calculator button pusher.

 
At 9:59 PM, Blogger Melinda said...

Hi, Sunshine! I found your blog & your mom's blog not too long ago & have enjoyed reading it ever since.

I'm glad you had a comfortable experience with the soldiers. I am sure they enjoyed the time they spent in your home with your family as many of them probably miss their own relatives being so far from home.

Thank you for being so welcoming and treating them so well. I'm glad the little ones enjoyed the candy too!

 
At 11:32 PM, Blogger programmer craig said...

I bet they had an even better time than you did, Sunshine :) Thank you for being so nice to our soldiers.

 
At 1:02 AM, Blogger Morbid Smile said...

Hello Sunshine, I wish I can spend such time with some American soldiers! But they never came to inspect any house in my neighborhood in Baghdad! I'm happy that you spent a great time during the inspection. Besides, practicing English language can be so fun!


You have a very nice blog, keep it up :)

 
At 1:46 AM, Blogger Maddog said...

Sunshine,

You MUST tell us more about your encounter. After telling them of your experience, my friends are now very interested in your blog.

You are such an ambassador of good feelings!

 
At 5:05 AM, Anonymous Wayne said...

This made me very happy. When I read the heading, I was afraid it would be a repeat of the last time where one of them was an idiot. The soldiers will remember you for life. They will probably write home and tell their friends and family members how nice your family treated them.

Thank you for being so nice to our soldiers who are so far away from home. They enjoyed the visit as much as you did.

You are a treasure to us all.

 
At 7:01 AM, Blogger Jack Bennett said...

Sunshine, you really are just that. I would have been so nervous but you probably put those soldiers more at ease than you can imagine. Other commentors are right when they say you'll be remembered by them for a long time - a pleasant memory of Iraq!

And I bet your English is so good by now!

 
At 9:29 AM, Blogger strykeraunt said...

After reading your mom's blog, I rushed over here to see what you had to say. I am a very visual person, so I could actually see you clearly in my mind being so friendly with our soldiers. I am glad that you got their names, rank and unit this time...even though it doesn't appear that you will need to use it to report them:D This is probably something that they will always remember as a good experience while serving in Iraq. I hope that you will continue to remember the good experience too.

Sunshine, would it be okay with you if I shared your link to this story and your mom's story with family members of soldiers who are currently serving in Mosul? I know that it would make them very happy to read about your family's and their soldiers time together. I would be sharing the information on a bulletin board where striyker soldiers families gather to support each other. Even though my stryker nephew is no longer in Iraq, I still go there to support them in any way I can.

 
At 9:30 AM, Blogger strykeraunt said...

Oh, one more thing...I think we need to start calling you Ambassador Sunshine!!!

 
At 12:25 PM, Blogger Sunshine said...

To strykeraunt with love ..
thanks a lot for all your comments .... It will be my honor if you will share my blog & my mom's with the soldiers' families , please do .. & can you please send me your E-mail address ?...
Sunshine..

 
At 8:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for showing being so kind to our soldiers.

I know there are many bad things that happen in war, but I assure you that Americans only want a good future for Iraqis. Already Iraq has had the most honest and fair elections of any country in the middle east. You will have another in just a week. Let us pray that good and honest men and women will be elected.

 
At 8:04 AM, Blogger strykeraunt said...

Hi Sunshine,

I sent you an email yesterday. I hope you received it.

 
At 7:04 PM, Anonymous soldiersdad said...

Sunshine: I am glad you had a nice time with the soldiers.

My son is a soldier and I hope he has the chance to meet someone like you. He is near Mosul.

You sound like a person who is very patient and has great insight.

I will remember you in my prayers.

 
At 10:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ambassador Sunshine

You are a marvelous girl. I am so glad your home inspection went well this time.

 
At 6:22 PM, Anonymous Judy said...

Hi, Sunshine!

Thank you for being so nice to our soldiers.

Most of them are young enough to remember what it was like to be your age, and it will help them remember (when they're out on the streets and feeling a little bit scared) that families are the same everywhere. Maybe it will help them remember to be kind, in spite of fears that they must have.

I am impressed that you handled the situation this way...especially after your last experience with home inspection. I'm sure that the suckers help soldiers make friends with children, but not many kids your age would be so eager to make conversation with soldiers from another country, especially after all of the stories you've undoubtedly heard.

I don't know whether you realize it, but it is a very valuable skill...to be able to talk with anyone, and put them at ease.
Also, your English is excellent!

Your parents must be extremely proud!

 
At 7:04 PM, Blogger TallDave said...

Thank you Sunshine, it makes me happy to see the future of Iraq is so bright!

I'm glad you will have the chance to live in something like freedom.

 
At 9:39 AM, Blogger MonicaR said...

Thank you so much honey for being nice to our boys. I owe you one. It was a pleasure to read your post.

I really appreciate how good you were to them.

 
At 1:09 AM, Blogger "Elvis" said...

Sunshine,

What a great site you have. You are very strong young lady. You cannot imagine what a joy it is to meet people such as yourself, when you thousands of miles away from home as a soldier. Stay strong and Safe!!!!

 
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At 12:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm glad the us troops were nice to you! and enjoyed being with your family and that they realize that not all iraqis are bad. i love this post because it's typical teenager lol with messy room. my room is kind of messy too. i think your blog is great because it gives people outside iraq a view on life there.

 

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