Correspondence from Uncle John

Photography by Jayel Aheram.

A correspondence between Jayel Aheram and his dad, “Uncle John.”

October 4, 2006

JL,

Good to hear from you. Sounds very “interesting”. I like your narrative style. Mommy, says we will send you the book. Do you already have it (i.e. is it in one of your boxes) or do you need us to go out and buy it? Will send you some gedunk to make you feel at home (sorry no sushi!). Keep sending the pictures.

It is raining continuously here, and has started to cool down. Mommy is busy with work and bingo. Joey is doing very well in school and has joined the science club. Cub Scouts are just getting started so he is excited about that. Don’t worry, I’ll edit your emails if they get a bit to “salty” so he can read them.

Take care of yourself and be safe. We are very proud of you.

Love,

Uncle John

October 5, 2006

Hey Uncle John,

I do not own the book. It just came out in paperback, I believe. It will be awesome if you were to send it! What is gedunk? Is that a Navy term for “POG bait?” (Snacks, People-Other-Than-Grunts Bait).

And about my “narrative style”… I could not help it! It is not a one-on-one e-mail thing. I am writing to more than one person, so… If you guys are going to be sending stuff, PLEASE send The Killers’ new album! It is called “Sam’s Town!” If I have to pay for it, I will, but please send! *begs!*

Anyway, thank you for replying to the e-mails! I look forward to them. I am going to be sending a new e-mail out tomorrow. It will be about Butts, the base’s dog. Joey will love it.

Toodle!

October 5, 2006

JL,

Gedunk is in fact Navy for POG Bait. I was actually being serious about the narrative style…it is very good…entertaining and very readable. We will look for the book and album. Raining cats and dogs here as a tropical storm passes by…pretty nasty weather. I am the Cubmaster for Joey’s Cub Scout Pack (all the dens put together), and it is my first experience leading civilians (moms, and even the military members cuz I can’t really use my rank over them) ….it’s like herding cats! The Kids are much easier to organize than their parents.

Joey will love to hear about “Butts” I am sure! Take care and if I don’t respond for a few days I am likely traveling.

Love,

Uncle John

October 6, 2006

JL,

Thanks for the emails. I’m sure Joey will enjoy the story about Butts (after I black out a line a paragraph or two further up…I don’t want him thinking about the whole throat slitting thing). How often do you guys get mortar (or other) attacks? Are they Iranian or Soviet made? Just curious.

How’s the food now that you are at base camp? Thanks for the pictures too. Mommy wants to know how many people are in your squad/platoon/tent, whichever group you spend the most time with. She wants to send Halloween bags of candy for each of them. Joey and I baked some cookies for Mommy to send you this week. We got the CD and a Sudoku book for you. Janan is going to get the book you wanted because we don’t have it here.

Take care and be safe.

Uncle John