Too much…

I was told by some friends from my church yesterday that perhaps I was writing TOO MUCH on my blog (I think one of the descriptions about the blog was ‘verbose’). I have to say that I do tend to be quite talkative and every now and then I actually say something meaningful. So I’ve took yesterday off from writing so that those of you who are having trouble keeping up, will have a break! :-)

As I mentioned in my post on Saturday, I spent about 6 hours helping my friend Luis build retaining walls around the two trees in our front yard. Unfortunately, I think I pushed myself too much, as I started really feeling poorly at the end of the 6 hours and again for much of Sunday. I think this is an unfortunate side effect of my illness; in the past, I might be tired after working for 6 hours, but I wouldn’t feel as physically badly as I did. I have never been a big ‘napper’ but it is likely that I will have to learn, as I presume I will be likely to get more and more tired as my treatment regimen continues.

I am pleased to say that it looks like I will be able to travel up to the northeast to visit with my family. My brother-in-law is a pilot for Delta and he was able to provide me with a buddy pass. Originally, I was going to fly out on Friday, but it appears there are some flights on Saturday that I can take. Now, I’ll be traveling non-revenue, so I only get a seat if one exists, but it seems likely (at this point), that I’ll be able to fly up on Saturday and back on Sunday (presuming I am sufficiently recuperated from having my port “installed” on Friday).

Some final thoughts for today: on Memorial Day we remember those men and women who died while in a branch of the United States military. While out driving today, I saw a sign that said: “Patrick Tillman; you are my hero!” For those of you who don’t know (and choose not to follow the link), Pat Tillman was a professional football player who left his high paying job playing for the Arizona Cardinals and enlisted in the United States Army. Tragically, Tillman was killed while fighting in Afghanistan. I understand how someone could see Tillman as a hero; in our materialistic society, here is a professional athlete (a group that, on the whole, are often seen as overpaid for the services they provide) that left a lucrative career to follow his beliefs about the importance of serving his country in the military. He should be commended for following his values and I grieve with his friends, family, and fans at his death. I wonder, though, if such a sign might be seen as minimizing the deaths of less famous men and women in military service? I certainly could imagine how someone who had lost someone close to them to war might take offense at calling Tillman a hero.

Currently, over 4,000 soldiers have died during the Iraq war.  While this war seems to be increasingly unpopular, I urge each of you to take a moment to remember and honor the sacrifice of all soldiers who have died in service to the United States and respect those who have served or are now serving.

Merle

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