January 06, 2006

That doesn't reduce stress.

A co-worker of Ktreva’s is having a problem. The doctor advised that it was all stress related and she should reduce the amount of stress in her life. She started doing various activities and life style changes to help her cope with stress. She was doing real well until a couple of days ago.

Her son is in Iraq with the army. He’s been overseas a lot, and has multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. She occasionally gets e-mails from him and the even rarer phone call. In the midst of her stress reduction plan, she was pleasantly surprised when her son called. He was just giving her an update on how he was doing and checking on her, his father and sister. They when all of a sudden her call is interrupted by three loud bangs in rapid succession.

Nervous she asked her son what was happening. His response: “Don’t worry about it mom. That’s just Bob on the .50 cal shooting back.” (BANG BANG BANG) “Bob, Say hi to my mom!”(BANG BANG BANG) Bob, “Hi Mom!” (BANG BANG BANG). Son, “I had my cell phone with and thought I’d give you a call while you where still awake.” He was on a rooftop in Baghdad when he called.

Apparently, the thought of talking to her son during a firefight didn’t help her stress any.

Her reactions while reciting the story made me laugh.

Posted by Contagion in Shenanigans at January 6, 2006 01:05 PM | TrackBack

None of my Army buddies ever gave me a kick a$$ phone call like that.

Posted by: Dr. Phat Tony at January 6, 2006 02:03 PM

Yep, I can see how that wouldn't reduce stress.

Posted by: oddybobo at January 6, 2006 02:41 PM

“Bob, Say hi to my mom!”(BANG BANG BANG)
Bob, “Hi Mom!” (BANG BANG BANG).

May not reduce stress, but that ROCKS! If that were my boy, I'd be stressed, and oh so proud! :^)

Posted by: Wes at January 6, 2006 03:35 PM

Beats my sister's call from her son in Iraq last year... just bombing in the background. Wonder what she'll get this year from Afganistan?

Posted by: vw bug at January 6, 2006 08:21 PM

OH my God, I have it so easy...

Posted by: Bou at January 6, 2006 09:14 PM

I have a mentor who has a son who is an explosives troop in the Army. My mentor and his wife get calls from the son who is in Iraq and the calls usually start with this "Listen to this. I'm about to blow something up. ((BOOM)) So how are things with you mom and dad?"

Posted by: chris at January 9, 2006 02:32 PM