Letters To the Homefront

my-marine0 DATE : Sunday March 2,2003 5:02 AM    FROM Jo Danehy   TO :  LCpl Justin Canter    Subject:  Hi Justin   

Thanks for writing.  I enjoy getting your emails and knowing you are safe. I know you cannot tell me a lot but just let me know if you get my emails or anyone elses.  Today we are going to the Farm for Lorenzo’s wake.  He is in a marble urn now but he will continue to live in our hearts and minds.   I might see Tim Canter there since he lives around the corner from the farm.  I’ve been meaning to go visit him.  I’m sure he would love to hear about you.  I just heard from Mary Bingham.  Jonathan is thinking about going into the Navy when he graduates from college.  I sent some padded envelopes in my last package to you.  They should be good for sending back your pictures.  Also sent a phone card.  I get great support and info from Marine Moms Online.  Been hearing waits are long for the phone in some areas but not everywhere.  It was heartbreaking to miss your call on Monday but wonderful to hear your voice.  I keep your message on the machine so I can hear your voice.   You sound great.  Keep up the high spirits!  We love you. xxxooox MOM

DATE  Monday March 3, 2003    FROM: LCpl Justin Canter     TO: Jo Danehy   Subject RE: Hi Justin

Mom,  Got your email sent on Sunday.  Enjoy Lorenzo’s wake.  I wish so bad to be there.  The celebration will be a memorable one I know.  Did you  see Tim or not?  How is he?  If you hear from Mary Bingham tell her that Jonathon should really consider the Marine Corps instead of the Navy.  From my experience it is so much better.  He could even become an officer and obtain a higher degree.  I wish I could talk to him about it.  Our commanding officer gave us some liberty to talk a little about our mission.  We are staged for an attack in the Persian Gulf.  About eight or nine of the Marines from our shop went to the forward operating base on land.  I wish I could have gone with them but I’m sure I would not be saying that if it where true.  I am much safer here on the ship.  I just feel like I am missing out on an adventure.  I can see the coast of Kuwait from where we are.  It looks like a beautiful place to visit.  The buildings are like the old Russian towers with the Hersey’s Kisses on top.  All is otherwise normal.  I go to church almost everyday.  I am sad to see Father Haddad go land based.  He was a young priest, very reverent and a good confessor.  We would watch movies after mass every night.  Some good some bad.  It’s good to be practicing grandmothers faith again.  I feel like I have found what I have been searching for all my life in the Catholic church.  It went from being very hot to very cold.  I did not think it could get so hot in these parts of the Middle East.  It is a nice change.  Got to go.  Love you, Justin