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March 20, 2005



Julie, this is astonishing. Beautiful and sad and still hopeful and life-affirming. The recipe is lovely as well; oatmeal cookies are one of my favorite things on this green and pleasant earth, and I'm sure that C will be thrilled for them, even if he ends up sharing them 'round, rather than eating them himself. I will join you in hoping that the talisman works, that they will help to get him home safely.

Brava, dear Julie, brava.


Julie, thank you for sharing your beautiful story. I'm sure C will be thrilled when he sees the oatmeal cookies. He will know that you put your heart into making them. You & your co-workers are doing a great thing by being there for your soldier. Here's to C!

Zarah Maria

A lovely piece of writing Julie - little hairs on my arms are standing on end. I know C will enjoy the cookies, if not in their physical form, then in the thoughts that lie behind you making them.


Julie, your writing really is so beautiful. It always captures my thought, and I simply fall right into it.

I hope C returns home soon. My cousin, Josh, is in Iraq for the second time, and he should be home in about a year.

"Comfort me with cookies"...what a beautiful thought.


Hello lovely Ms. Julie...what a great post and entry! C. is lucky indeed to have such a wonderful support network back at home, and I'm sure he appreciates each and every one of you.

Your cookies sound fab, and even though I'm not a fan of dried fruit in my cookies, I will try this anyway...I think they'll probably tempt me over to the dark side!


Oh Julie. You made me cry at work - naughty, naughty girl. It's funny... I have a close work-colleague who is also a reservist and was called. We've been emailing back and forth, and we sent him care packages, just as you mentioned, but it was always 'useful' type stuff - toothpaste, toothbrushes, wet wipes, and deodorant... no cookies. For some reason I always felt like Karin (his wife) would send the cookies...but why? He's my friend and, if I could, I would give him comfort while he's away from his family and friends. I think my oven will be working overtime this evening on his behalf. ;)

Thanks for the lovely story.

Joe C

I know those cookies and if any baked good can offer comfort to C, they will. Aside from the personal connection expressed so poignantly here, it's important for all of us, regardless of our opinions about Iraq, to let the men and women serving there that we care about them. I hope C lets his buddies know that those fine cookies came from a wonderful liberal antiwar friend.


Thanks so much to all for your kind and thoughtful comments. This was not an easy post to write, for a number of reasons.

As always, words from Jen and Moi and Zarah keep me keepin' on.

Dawn and Sarah (whose wonderful blogs I've recently discovered): it's great to meet new blogging buddies. One of the wonders about this online community is that I actually think of so many of you as my friends, although we haven't (yet) met.

Lea, my online pal from pre-blogging days: I hope you know how much your feedback means to me -- and I know we'll meet up one of these days.

And Joe -- my busy brother-the-writer -- thanks for being a remarkable mentor, a great brother, and a true friend.


Who would'nt feel special recieving these cookies.
I'm sure just opening these made C. smile. Enough said...


Your wonderful stories always melt my heart--Thanks for sharing your world!!


Ina, thanks so much for visiting over here, as well as for your kind words. I always enjoy seeing you at NK, and it's great to have your voice over here too.

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