Letter from a Farm kid

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by someguy, Mar 15, 2007.

  1. someguy macrumors 68020


    Dec 4, 2005
    Still here.
    Dear Ma and Pa,

    I am well. Hope you are. Tell Brother Walt and Brother Elmer the Marine
    Corps beats working for old man Minch by a mile. Tell them to join up quick
    before all of the places are filled.

    I was restless at first because you got to stay in bed till nearly 6 a.m.
    but I am getting so I like to sleep late. Tell Walt and Elmer all you do before
    breakfast is smooth your cot, and shine some things. No hogs to slop, feed
    to pitch, mash to mix, wood to split, fire to lay. Practically nothing.

    Men got to shave but it is not so bad, there's warm water. Breakfast is
    strong on trimmings like fruit juice, cereal, eggs, bacon, etc., but kind of weak
    on chops, potatoes, ham, steak, fried eggplant, pie and other regular food,
    but tell Walt and Elmer you can always sit by the two city boys that live on
    coffee. Their food plus yours holds you until noon when you get fed again.
    It's no wonder these city boys can't walk much.

    We go on "route marches," which the platoon sergeant says are long walks to
    harden us. If he thinks so, it's not my place to tell him different. A "route
    march" is about as far as to our mailbox at home. Then the city guys get
    sore feet and we all ride back in trucks.

    The country is nice but awful flat The sergeant is like a school teacher. He
    nags a lot. The Captain is like the school board. Majors and colonels just
    ride around and frown. They don't bother you none.

    This next will kill Walt and Elmer with laughing. I keep getting medals for
    shooting. I don't know why. The bulls-eye is near as big as a chipmunk head
    and don't move, and it ain't shooting at you like the Higgett boys at home.
    All you got to do is lie there all comfortable and hit it. You don't even load
    your own cartridges. They come in boxes.

    Then we have what they call hand-to-hand combat training. You get to wrestle
    with them city boys. I have to be real careful though, they break real easy.
    It ain't like fighting with that ole bull at home. I'm about the best they
    got in this except for that Tug Jordan from over in Silver Lake I only beat
    him once. He joined up the same time as me, but I'm only 5'6" and 130 pounds
    and he's 6'8" and near 300 pounds dry.

    Be sure to tell Walt and Elmer to hurry and join before other fellers get
    onto this setup and come stampeding in.

    Your loving daughter,

  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
  3. epochblue macrumors 68000


    Aug 12, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    hehe - that definitely got a chuckle out of me.

    I have a friend in the Army and even though he's kind of a hardass, Ranger School sounds like it's brutal. Great letter, though :D
  4. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus


    Oct 8, 2002
    The Bamboo Forest
  5. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    haha, i have a friend in the army.....and i kinda grew up on a farm......haha
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Thanks...probably the first place I should've looked, although I didn't even expect it to be real, and thus never thought to look for the explanation among the fakes...
  7. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus


    Oct 8, 2002
    The Bamboo Forest
    I read snopes every day and subconsciously remember most of it. So I knew the letter was there. I got tired of people sending me false information and snopes is pretty good about being on top of things. Plus people tend to not believe me when I tell them it's not true but if I send them a link to a web site they've never heard of they believe them... :p

    Of course... the letter above isn't meant to be true but a comparison in letter format.
  8. miloblithe macrumors 68020


    Nov 14, 2003
    Washington, DC

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