Thursday, April 26, 2007


Life in Baghdad is not all armored HUMMVs, car bombs, and concrete barriers. During the day people go about their business. Little school children, with book bags slung over their shoulders, walk to school. Mothers are out taking their infants for strolls down the sidewalk. Cars, buses, trucks and even horse-drawn carts move through the congested streets. This is what struck me the most when I first arrived. It all appears very normal, like any city in the world.

In the pursuit of normalcy, our neighbor has a coop full of carrier pigeons that he lets out and exercises everyday. He stands on the roof and waves a bright red cloth around his head while the dozen or so pigeons swirl around his house several times in a mad sprint before coming to rest on the roof near the coop. It’s great fun to watch.

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