The Caskey Family

A Local Meal
September 7, 2008, 8:45 pm
Filed under: Deployment, Jeremy, Pictures

Jeremy writes,

I had a fun mission today where we met with some local sheiks (tribal leaders) and had a meeting and a meal. They slaughtered the fatted calf for us – actually two sheep, in which I helped skin. When I say that I helped skin the sheep, like a politician, I did a little mainly for the photo op. The meal was delicious. Besides lamb, we also had some cooked vegetables (onions, tomatoes, and peppers) stuffed with rice and dates, fresh fruits and vegetables, rice, potatoes, Iraqi soda, and some terrific flat bread. We also got to play some soccer with the kids who also enjoyed seeing photos of my children on my iPod, as well as listening to some music: Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Bach’s Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring (my subtle attempt at witnessing), Frank Sinatra, and even some Christmas music. Several of them were huddled around me, each fighting for a turn at one of two headphones.  I gave out honey sticks to the children and they gobbled them up and asked for more .  I told them I had to save them for other children we’d be seeing.  One of them can be seen wearing my helmet in the photo above. It was a great day, embracing the Iraqi culture. I even did the back and forth cheek kiss with the sheiks! Salaamu aleykum (Peace be upon you).