Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, so I'm sure that about 24 hours from now I'll be moaning that I ate too much, then try to find a quiet place to take a nap before hitting the pumpkin pie again. Things have changed from when I was young, which must mean that I'm very unyoung now. Football games or hunting were the after-meal activities back then, and after a couple of hours my body seemed to return to normal, whereas now I feel every extra ounce of that turkey and stuffing pushing my shirt to button-popping extremes for a week afterward. I suppose a sensible person would have some restraint when he knows that he's going to have to pay for that extra buttery roll and second helping of mashed potatoes and gravy, but that guy doesn't live here.
So tomorrow about now I hope to be playing a vigorous game of flag football and working off all that food... but I'll most likely be stretched out on the couch watching football on tv and wondering how I ever had the energy to do those things way back when. I hope everyone has a very wonderful day.

Monday, November 01, 2010

The Few and the Proud

My nephew Mitchell was home last weekend from Marine boot camp, and my sister (his mother, standing next to him) had a get-together for family and friends. He's everything we've come to expect from our Marines,a good person with integrity, intelligence and loyalty. We're all proud of him and wish him the best.
My sister said there were about 500 in his graduating class, and that Parris Island graduates a class every week. I didn't realize there were that many recruits joining the service these days, but if most are like Mitchell then I feel secure knowing that the safety of our country is entrusted to men of this caliber.