Chapter 16: Worries and Baby Names

Anthony,

My darling, Anthony... I have been watching the news on television. I have been seeing what is going on over there. I am so worried about you. Last week there were surprise attacks and this week explosions. Why have I not heard back from you? I know you are still there, alive. You have to be. *tear stain in the letter* I visited the doctor a couple times in the last month and he says I am due next month. I realize there is no way for you to come home right in time and I understand. I know you would give the world to be here and I know you will be here with me in spirit. Darling, I realized we never discussed what we would name the baby! If it is alright with you, if it is a boy, I would like to name him Anthony, after you. And if it is a girl…well I would like to hear what you would like. I hope to hear from you soon.

I love you with all of my heart,

-Jeannie

Jeannie,

I am so sorry I haven't been able to write to you. What you've been seeing on the news is what I've been living through. We had to move our camp because of the explosions and attacks. Don't worry… nobody's hurt, but it is getting more dangerous by the minute. I didn't mean to keep you worried about me…I just haven't had the time to write to you. I am very glad to hear that you are in good health and so is the baby. You don't know how badly I want to come home in time…I have been asking, but they wont let me…not in the condition we are right now. I don't know how I'll ever make this up to you and our child, but I will. I will. As for names, I'm honored you'd like to name our baby after me if he's a boy. I think I would like that very much. I was thinking, if you agree, if the baby is a boy, could we give him the name Anthony Roger Nelson? As for a girl…well I've always liked the name Evangeline. They're calling me darling, so I must go. If I don't get to hear from you until after, please tell the baby that I love it and that I'll be home soon.

-Tony

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Roger,

Hey buddy. How are you? I'm sure you know what's been going on over here so I just wanted to write to you to tell you that I'm alright and mainly to ask you something…Well two things. Well first, I want to thank you for taking care of Jeannie and visiting her. I'm trying to come home as soon as I can…but I just don't know when that's going to be. Back to the point, I wanted to ask you that when the time comes, could you please be there for Jeannie, to take her to the doctor's and take care of her for a little bit afterwards. I know it's a lot to ask Roge, but you're the only person I trust to take care of her. I'd also like to ask you if it would be alright with you to name you the godfather of our child. Jeannie and I have talked about it and there's no one else we'd rather have as a godfather. I hope everything is well with you and I hope to hear back from you soon.

Your friend,

-Tony

Tony,

Oh it's so good to hear from you. Jeannie was starting to get worried and she had me worried because she told me she hadn't heard from you in a while. Yeah, I have heard about all the stuff that's happening down there. It sounds really ugly Tony, you better be careful. And don't mention it about Jeannie. She's actually been holding up pretty well this whole time and I really don't mind going to see her…pregnant or not, her cooking is still delicious. She misses you a lot, I can tell. I've learned its better to go and see her after work, once I'm out of my uniform. I think it reminds her too much of you and I can tell she gets saddened by it. Of course I will take care of her when the time comes! You didn't even have to ask. I'm sure Dr. Bellows will understand if I have to come in late a couple of times if I'm helping Jeannie out. And Tony, you naming me as the godfather would be an honor to me. Really. Thank you for thinking of me for that and I would love to be the godfather. No doubt about that. Really do take care, buddy. It's getting tough out there isn't it? Well hopefully, I'll see you soon.

Your friend,

-Roger