The Day Hell Froze Over

2 years ago today my son called from Iraq………..

About 2 am my phone rang. I looked an saw it was Iraq.. my son. I answered with ” What’s wrong?” A very excited almost child like in excitement voice answered ” Mommy Mommy Mommy it’s snowing in Iraq” I could almost see him bouncing up and down as he spoke.

” It doesn’t snow in Iraq”

“First time in 100 years.”

A few months later when we recieved my son’s belongings we would find videos of him playing in the Iraq snow. And one of his CO stating. ” gentlemen.. Hell  has officially frozen over” He grew up for years in Green Bay so snow was not something new to him. But I know now looking back that snow was a touch of home to him.

Seems a funny event to remember but the excitement in his voice  during that call is a memory I cherish. I miss that when he was excited he would do the whole Mommy mommy mommy thing. As grown up as he was I was still Mommy in those moments. His other greeting for me.. his serious one was ” Hello Mother” but even the tone of it was amusing and special. Of course he had his silly grin when saying it.  I was rarely just Mom to Pokey… I was either Mommy or Mother.

His Mommy mommy mommy echoes in my mind. I can almost hear him saying it.

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6 Responses to The Day Hell Froze Over

  1. Julie Weathers January 12, 2010 at 12:49 pm #

    This makes me cry. So many memories. So many memories not made.

  2. usmcwife8999 January 12, 2010 at 12:50 pm #

    I am glad you have those memories and a son that felt he wanted to share such things with his obviously “favorite” girl. I love that you have video, I was just looking for the pictures of that snow fall I have to send you and I can’t find them. I wanted to send them to you but what you have is way better than what I could offer you. Sending you hugs ….Heidi

  3. HellcatBetty January 12, 2010 at 4:50 pm #

    Oh what a wonderful story!! I love that you were the person he called and that he called you mommy… so sweet. Makes me smile! I’m so glad you have those kind of great happy memories to hold onto.

  4. Alamo City Pundit January 13, 2010 at 12:42 am #



    I got nothin’.



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