|Armfuls of giggly sweetness: Persephone, Olivia, and Ella|
Here it is Thursday afternoon, and I finally caught up with all the comments from last week's post, but I didn't leave myself much time to get a new post written and ready to go for tomorrow. Since so many of you commented about the amateur radio aspect of last week's post, I'm gonna do a re-run of another radio post. It was part of the A-Z challenge from 2012. I hope you enjoy it.
But first... for those of you who asked for them, a few more pictures of the grandchildren. (Since you twisted my arm...) If your eyes tend to glaze over at the prospect of looking at grandchildren pictures, scroll on down and check out the radio post. Go ahead. I won't be offended.
All five of our beautiful Florida girls. This was actually taken this past Easter, but I didn't think to herd them all together for a picture when we were down there this time around.
Ollie's favorite question: "Guess what?" (Usually followed by, "Chicken butt!" and gales of laughter.)
In case ya can't tell, our son and granddaughter Chloe were spelling WOW with their hands. (Me? I say, WOW! How the heck can we possibly have grandchildren this old?!?)
Our clever daughter-in-law took this picture and added the caption. Ollie told me grandmas give LOTS of hugs and kisses, and I was more than happy to reinforce that concept. Unfortunately, the day before we left, she got sick, too.
An hour with your grandchildren can make you feel young again. Anything longer than that, you start to age quickly. [Gene Perret]
Um, no Smarticus isn't napping here. (ahem) He's just... resting his eyes. Yeah, that's it.
Do you know why children are so full of energy? Because they suck it all out of their grandparents. [Gene Perret]
This turned out to be mostly about our granddaughters, didn't it?. Maybe next time, Atlas will be feeling up to snuff, and we'll catch up with Jacob and Joshua, too. (Yep, quite a crew...)
Okay, now let's take a gander at that old radio post. It's fairly short... Originally, it was called, A Single Signal.
Thought for the day: Like ripples from a stone tossed into a pond, the actions of a single person can sometimes change the world.
Think of August 2, 1990. That's the day Iraq invaded Kuwait.
|Iraqi tank on road to Kuwait. [Wikipedia]|
Think of mayhem, terror, explosions. Telephone lines cut. Fear. No way for Kuwaitis outside of the country to know how the rest of their family and friends in Kuwait were doing. Were they alive, or were they dead? When would they know? How would they know? How would the world know what was going on?
|[image from Abdul's QSL card]|
Now, meet Abdul Jabar Marafie, amateur radio operator 9K2DZ.
From the day of the invasion until the liberation of Kuwait nearly seven months later, Abdul, at great risk to both himself and his family, used his radio EVERY SINGLE DAY to send vital information to the outside world about what was going on in his country.
The invading Iraqis confiscated equipment from all Kuwaiti amateur radio operators, but Marafie was able to thwart their efforts by turning over some of his older equipment, while hiding other gear ... gear he could use to feed real-time information to the rest of the world.
If you watched any news reports about Kuwait during that time and heard a reporter mention "an unknown source" of information, that reporter was talking about Marafie. Although he has received little recognition within his own country for his heroic acts, he received the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Humanitarian Award in 1992, and is featured in an amazing documentary entitled, The Last Voice From Kuwait. (available on Youtube in three parts)
|Oil fires, set by the retreating Iraqis. [Wikipedia]|
Clockwise from top:
USAF planes flying over burning oil wells;
View from Lockheed AC-130;
Highway of death;
M728 Combat Engineering Vehicle.
[Images courtesy of Wikipedia]
So, yes, think of Kuwait. And when you do, think of Abdul. A single amateur radio operator, who, with the help of a network of other amateur radio operators around the world, made a difference. A real difference.
Oh yeah. I almost forgot. Time's running short for you to enter this month's contest on author Carol Kilgore's blog. You can win free stuff there every month, but this month? It's an autographed copy of my novel Hot Flashes and Cold Lemonade PLUS a copy of a very cool poetry book, Old Broads Waxing Poetic. Just click on the spiffy contest badge in her sidebar, and post your response to the prompt. Go ahead... it's easy! Ya can't win if you don't enter.
Until next time, take care of yourselves. And each other.
|Willie, our "grandpuppy"|