Archive for Thursday, August 24, 2006

Birthday surprise

August 24, 2006

My son, Adam Gilmore, has been over in Iraq for almost a year now. Hopefully, he gets to come home in November, but sometimes I question that by listening to the news.

I am trying to do something special for him for his birthday. He turns 21 Sept. 30. What a way to spend your birthday, huh?

If you know Adam, sometimes you would think that he was a mouthy little thing, then he would surprise you and do the nicest thing you couldn't possibly imagine. He is well mannered and always tries to make you laugh -- a bit of a jokester with a huge heart of gold.

Growing up here in Eudora has given me pride in my community. Small towns have their ups and downs, but when it comes to hard times or difficult moments, this town has always come through whether a person is new to the community or a life-timer.

It has been a difficult year for me -- sending my son to Iraq, losing my father in January, and now sending my daughter to college. Then I think to myself, "Gosh, my oldest, my baby boy is going to be 21."

You never think when they're babies that the day will happen, but it comes quicker than you think. They grow up. On top of that, he won't be home for his birthday.

So, here's my request for friends, family and all residents of Eudora. I am collecting birthday cards from all over. I have received a lot so far, but want to send him as many as I can collect.

Cards can be dropped off at Kwik Shop, 1436 Church St., or mailed to Adam Gilmore, 1436 Church St., Eudora 66025.

Please pass this on to your family and friends. I will be mailing the cards on Sept. 5.

I appreciate all the response so far and look forward to receiving many more from my hometown.

Thank you for your support and God bless your families and our troops.

Jody McAfee


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