Saturday, January 24, 2009

A Journal for Jordan

Even those of us who have opposed to the war in Iraq have been sensitive and sympathetic to those who serve.  Often times however those of us disconnected from those who serve, do not really understand the toll on military families. Dana Canedy, a senior editor at the NY Times and a Pulitzer prize winner, has experienced first hand what it's like to lose a loved on in Iraq. In 2005, her husband First Sergeant Charles Monroe King began to write what would become a two-hundred-page journal for his son in case he did not make it home from the war in Iraq. Charles King, forty-eight, was killed on October 14, 2006, when an improvised explosive device detonated under his Humvee on an isolated road near Baghdad. His son, Jordan, was seven months old.

A Journal for Jordan is a mother’s letter to her son–fierce in its honesty–about the father he lost before he could even speak. It is also a father’s posthumous advice for the son he will never know.

My conversation with Dana Canedy: