I was surprised to open my trailer door Friday morning and see snow. I never expected to see snow in Baghdad. Evidently, it was the first snow in a century. All the Americans were walking around singing "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas" or some variation. The Iraqis were just staring. Some of the Iraqis didn't have a word for it; they just called it "white rain." People spoke of it being a sign from God, but I never could find out what they thought it signified. I tried to explain that it couldn't be a sign if it didn't signify something, but I'm not sure they were interested in the philosophical issues.
I've been giving suicide prevention briefings to everyone in the battalion. The suicide rate in the Army is now the highest it has been in at least twenty years. It's a difficult time for everyone. I have one more company to brief, and they are located in the Green Zone. I'll travel there, talk with them, then come back to sign out on leave. I should be home this time next week. That will be the Christmas present that I really wanted this year.