A Cure for Brown and Tan

Another post from my sister, Jonell

At this point in the war, many of us know friends from high school or college or from our own home town who are currently serving in the military in Iraq. My husband and I have a friend named Tim who is serving in Iraq at this present time. While we pray for him often, and know prayer is the greatest gift we can give him, an occasional e-mail will brighten his spirits and help him to smile. I wrote a poem for him this week and sent it to him via e-mail. I wrote it in the style of a Dr. Seuss book. I‘ll admit it’s not quite Green Eggs and Ham. But I share it here with you … maybe you will enjoy it anyway … and maybe it will make you smile too! 🙂

– Jonell

A Cure for Brown and Tan

There is a soldier who dislikes the colors brown and tan.
Ever since he was a child, he has not liked the colors brown and tan.
What do we do for a soldier who dislikes the colors brown and tan?
This soldier is stationed in Iraq and has to daily wear brown and tan.

Brown and tan day in. Brown and tan day out.
Brown and tan day in and day out for an entire year?
What do we do for this soldier who dislikes the colors brown and tan?
This soldier in Iraq who dislikes the colors brown and tan.

Here’s an idea to brighten the days of this soldier in Iraq.
A good idea to brighten the days of this soldier in Iraq.
This soldier in Iraq who dislikes the colors brown and tan.

Let’s send this soldier an e-mail.
This soldier loves to get e-mails.
An e-mail for this soldier from Michigan to Iraq.
This soldier in Iraq who dislikes wearing brown and tan.

Michigan has many pretty autumn leaves this time of year.
Autumn leaves that create beautiful pictures.
Beautiful pictures that create lovely scenery photographs.
Scenery photographs so beautiful causing his heart to beat quick.
Scenery photographs causing the soldier to take a quick gasp of air.
Scenery photographs for this soldier in Iraq who dislikes wearing brown and tan.

Pictures that will help the soldier smile and smile and smile.
Smile as the soldier remembers the colors of autumn in Michigan.
Smile as he remembers other colors besides brown and tan.
Smile as the soldier once again remembers the autumn leaves of Michigan.
Smile as he remembers the scenery photographs from his childhood.
Smile through a few tears realizing he might be a bit homesick for Michigan.

more bling

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Michigan fall.

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Miners Castle - October 2006, Lars Jensen

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Pumpkin

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outside east jordan, mi. by redmudball

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maplepath by Aunt Owwee

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5 Replies to “A Cure for Brown and Tan”

  1. Phil

    I really LIKE this, Jonell! (I bet it wasn’t easy to craft those lines in Dr. Seuss style, was it?!)

    The sentiment great, and the pictures you found are wonderful. Thanks for getting permission before posting them too – very wise.

    I hope this post encourages more than just one soldier, I hope many see it — and smile.

    Thanks!
    Phil —

  2. Jonell

    Thanks Phil! I too hope it encourages more than one soldier.

    And I agree with you David! God’s creation is so absolutely gorgeous, man certainly didn’t create it. Reminds me of the gospel song that talks of creation in the verses and then the chorus reads, “If this is just a foretaste of your glory, how awesome you must be!”

    – Jonell

    • Suzie

      Jonell, Please tell me the name of this song! I have done advanced searches and your above message is the only thing on the net! If not for you I’d think I imagined the song, I just to hear it over and over in 1996.
      Thanks,
      Suzie

  3. Jonell

    Suzie,

    At first I was confused b/c I wrote that poem “A Cure for Brown and Tan” and there is no music to it. But then I went back and read all the comments following my posting and realized you might be talking about the song I mentioned, “If this is just a foretaste of Your glory, how awesome You must be!” and I can help you with that request. I have this song on a CD by Gary McSpadden. I did a search and you can find it at his web site:

    http://faithworksnow.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47&Itemid=28

    Click on Store
    Click on Music
    Click on the title of the CD “From My Soul” and it will open to another page where you can see the song titles listed and the price of the CD and actually order it if you want. If you do order the CD, you will be blessed as many of the songs on there talk about God’s love and strength and care and how awesome He must be!!! 🙂

    Enjoy and write again if you have any further questions!

    Jonell

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