Fan Makes National News... Sort of
Tue., Aug. 30. 2005 10:58am EDT
This past weekend, we met a guy on the plane ride to Monroe, LA who had been to Iraq for 3 1/2 years and this was the first time he could come home. And he was most excited to finally meet his three year old daughter! That's an unbelievable story but it's nothing like the shocker about our "fan" Kodee:
The guys in ApologetiX get tons of mail. We set aside time specifically to be able to minister in this way. Lots of bands can't, and maybe we'll be that busy too, someday. Karl gets about 1,000 emails a week. Several months ago, he got an email from a fan who filled out the contact form and chose him as the recipient of the message. The fan was eight year old Kodee from Illinois. She really tugged at the heart strings with such comments as "My daddy lives in Iraq and my mommy lives in hevin."
After the second email was chock full of incredibly cute comments like "how do bridges stay up?" and "Are you famis?" and noticing that the emails were coming in at 3am (2am Central), he asked why an eight year old was up so late.
"I wasn't sure if it was one of the guys pulling my leg or what, but Deb and I would get such a kick out of Kodee, but I thought someone was pulling my leg- this was too cute."
Kodee didn't answer, but her aunt did:
Hello, this is Col. I'm Kodee's aunt. I am sorry if her emails are a bother. I noticed you've ask twice why she is up so late, and the answer is that she has difficulty sleeping. She has nightmares about her dad being killed. Sometimes it's really rough getting her to sleep again, and on those nights (there are a lot of them) we email daddy and let him know we miss him. And she usually wants to email you too. I just didn't want you to think my husband I were bad parents. We're not the greatest, but we try. We've just learned a long time ago, that it's easier and less stressful to not force her back to sleep.
Her dad's been gone for 7 months now, on deployment to Iraq. This is his second year over there, as he was there for the war itself.
You'll never believe how this story unfolds and how the Defense Department, and the Chicago Tribune end up getting involved.
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