|Green, Green Grass from Home|
|Netlore Archive: Emailed image purporting to show a U.S. soldier in Iraq tending a small plot of grass grown from seeds sent by his wife back home|
Email example contributed by Carol C., 10 October 2004:
Here is a soldier stationed in Iraq, stationed in a big sand box. He asked his wife to send him dirt, fertilizer and some grass seeds so he can have the sweet aroma and feel the grass grow beneath his feet.
If you notice, he is even cutting the grass with a pair of a scissors.
Sometimes we are in such a hurry that we don't stop and think about the little things that we take for granted. Upon receiving this, please say a prayer for our soldiers that give ( & give up) so unselfishly for us.
You don't have to send this on, but who wouldn't...?
Comments: According to a message from a former USAF staff sergeant posted on snopes.com, the above image is authentic, though the accompanying text appears to have been fabricated. The tiny-but-well-tended lawn was photographed at a military base in Qatar, not Iraq.
"The grass is real," the former staff sergeant wrote, "and really is a comment on how we (U.S. soldiers) work to make the best of things when we deploy in defense of our country and your freedom."
Still no explanation, as yet, for the inscrutable time-date stamp in the lower lefthand corner of the photo.
Last updated: 08/19/04