Okay. I agree, that’s personal. Share if you want. What’s the state of OUR union? Tonight we get one perspective on that and I’m already feeling grateful that I won’t be watching that particular broadcast up at Lost Loon Lodge with the Bud and Jan Show. Their new big screen TV will be lucky to escape unscathed.
Here at home we know, we believe, we feel, we intuit- whatever- the situation is bleak. Michigan is at the bottom of the pile but this whole Union of States is suffering mightily. And I’m not happy about it. The worst part is the legacy of international ill-will, military conflict, tarnished and ozone depleted environment and massive debt that we will leave for our children. It saddens me.
In the meantime, my super-hero is over there in Baghdad, trying to do the best he can to help ordinary people build hospitals, vote, and get safely to school and work. You’ll recall that my brother-in-law Bill was a few months into a well deserved retirement after a lifetime of service to his country when he was called back for another two years in Iraq. At 56 years of age.
Dan is here, composing on the piano, but he took a break for dinner and got interested in what I was posting. He had several observations: "Oh, I would love being with Grandma and Grandpa (Bud and Jan) for the State of the Union! It’s worth leaving now, driving all night, sleeping tomorrow and getting up for the fireworks!"
He also commented on Bill’s short haircut, the low profile insignia of his high rank, his kind and open face and added: "he has the family cranium." It’s a general observation that these four brothers, born in four years, all have a lot of gray matter packed in up there. As I write this, the evening news is on, with the lead stories about losses in Iraq, mostly related to IEDs. Dan said, "I’m just so sick of hearing about this month after month." Me, too.
Finally, he notes that hostage CSM journalist Jill Carroll, a fellow townie from Ann Arbor, is little older than himself.
I had this idea that while you weigh the words of the nation’s
leaders this evening, today you might want to leave a few words of
encouragement and goodwill for Bill and the hardworking men and women
of the 322nd Civil Affairs Brigade. They’ll read your comments and
appreciate them. (hello and welcome to all of the kind readers of Hoss who are trooping over here after reading HIS typically clever and funny plan for reconstruction in Iraq. A heart felt thank you!)