Overheard: Word of the Day

Nov 12 2007   11:47AM GMT

Overheard: I didn’t know if I would like the Army. Turns out, it was the kick in the butt I needed.

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

michelle-murphy.jpg “I work as a movement controller for helicopters. I help coordinate all the helo flights in and out of here, track the people, and load the helicopters. It’s a great job, I love it! I have a great team. I work over 70 hrs a week…ugh…so on my “down days” I sleep! Today was a down day for me and I slept until 530 pm! It was great! Insurgents are everywhere. That sucks. We just keep our eyes peeled.”

Michelle Murphy

Last Friday I got an unusual email: “Hi! It’s Michelle Murphy from HTS! I found Lisa on MySpace and she gave me your email address, I hope you don’t mind. What have you been up too?! I miss you mega! I’m out in Iraq!”

Michelle is a former student. She’s just one of many soldiers serving in Iraq right now, but she’s the only one I know. And until Friday, I didn’t even know she was there.

Over the weekend we caught up a little and she shared some photos and anecdotes about what her life is like right now. She wrote about the extreme temperatures, living in pods instead of tents, and a little about what her days are like. She offered to send me a video of a camel spider but warned me that it was pretty gross. I looked up camel spiders and they are, indeed, gross.

Michelle has a gift for writing. It’s like her computer keyboard has no backspace button. And the darndest thing is, she has no idea how well she writes.

Our generation is just now discovering the wealth of written correspondence left behind by our fathers and grandfathers and it got me thinking — who will compile the emails left behind from this generation?

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