Soldier son sends Mum messages from Iraq
By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au
'JUST letting you know I'm still alive.'
Every day local mum Robyn Robertson longs to hear these words from her son Leigh.
The 22-year-old was sent to Iraq in April as part of the Australian Army and has seen his fair share of conflict alongside the occupying forces.
Recently his mother shared some of his personal letters with The Observer.
'G'day everybody, I've been in Iraq now for one month and my thoughts are still the same, it is definitely the worst place on earth,' he writes in one message.
He goes on to speak of the 50 degree heat and his time doing patrols of the street.
'We had an interesting morning today, there was a lot of small arms fire but no-one was hurt,'' he writes.
'I got some photos of the Euphrates River while on patrol as we were stuck on a bridge for about 10 minutes which was pretty scary with all the nutters around here.'
Leigh is due home at the end of the month and his flight back to Australia couldn't come soon enough.
'I am looking forward to coming home in August, it will be weird to be able to walk down the street without a rifle and pistol strapped to my leg,' he writes.
In one email to his parents, Leigh speaks of a particularly frightening event, but is unable to divulge any details of what happened.
'Just letting you know I'm OK as you have probably heard by now what's been going on around here over the last few days and I suspect you are probably panicking,' Leigh writes.
'It took about 12 hours to wind down and stop feeling so pumped up. Anyway all is good and I'll be home in two weeks.' However his homecoming will be short-lived with him spending only five days in Australia before returning to Iraq for a further two months.
Like any mother, Mrs Robertson waits for the day she can see her son again.
'I just want him home,' she said.
Although she was told by her son that she wasn't to watch the news while he was in Iraq, she knows he would be witnessing some action.