Thankful Strother's story of his life experiences is moving and profound. He does a remarkable job of bringing the reader into his world. While reading his stories, I felt like I was in the room with him and he was sharing the details of all of his adventures in the south and in Europe with me. I felt every emotion as I read the book. - Sydney LeBlanc
Basic training was the first time most
of us had been away from home. We talked a lot about our families and
girlfriends because we were all homesick. We knew the names of each other’s
girlfriends and wives. They became like members of our own family.
At the end of the day after mail call,
we would share the good and bad news from the letters we had received.
Some of the fellows began to receive “Dear John” letters after a few
weeks. When that happened, we would gather around the guy to show support and
talk about his ex-girlfriend as if she was the lowest person who lived on Earth.
I had bragged about my girlfriend being such a wonderful person and
that we were planning to get married sometime in the future. It was around the
Christmas holidays when I received a letter from my girlfriend. She wrote that
she was no longer in love with me and that she was dating someone else. I was
so hurt when I received my “Dear John” letter. But I had to accept that she had
moved on with her life and that I should do the same. Merry Christmas, Baby!