It was now January 1991, and I was in the middle of Operation Desert Shield followed by Operation Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf – and my wife was holding down our household and taking pictures of David to send to me in the desert.
My wife and I had few opportunities to communicate while I was deployed to the desert and the only satellite phones available for us to use had long lines, poor connections, limited times available for our use – and then only after the cease-fire was initiated.
So as a result my wife and I wrote “hard copy” letters to each other every day – we didn’t have email back then – which took about two weeks for delivery back and forth, so we rarely had any up to date information from each other.
David had this play tent set up in the family room which he liked to play inside – and treated it as his own secret fort which was off limits to everyone else.
A playmate and David enjoy a snack of crackers and drinks while sharing what must have been a secret joke between the two of them.
Another day of play, snacks and private sneaky jokes between David and his friend – which was especially good to keep David occupied while I was deployed.