A friend passed yesterday.
A former Marine, family man, husband and father.
He had been languishing for close to ten years from a slow, pervasive, debilitating disease.
Yet his wife dutifully kept on, visiting him every day, talking to him, staying close.
Now he's gone.
This was a decent and honorable man.
This was a family who stood shoulder to shoulder, incessantly dogged every day by something they couldn't stop yet committed and determined to do the best they could, seeing a life through to the very end.
When I see others whose only goal in life is to amass fortunes and power through any means possible, lying and conniving their way through life, using people and then throwing them away, arrogantly thinking the world revolves around them, I get sick to my stomach.
They are the ones who are given air time, they are the ones fretted and feigned over, they are the ones placed on pedestals and worshipped like gods while the rest of humanity continues its struggle just to put food on the table, a roof over their heads, desperately trying to survive.
This Marine who served his country, this Marine who lived a quiet and decent life, this Marine who asked for nothing from anyone but was willing to give so much of himself on behalf of all of us, this Marine who wasn't granted any air time, wasn't worth millions and wasn't placed on a pedestal.
This Marine sets a shining example for all of us.
We run out and film the fringe groups with axes to grind and the raucous rabble, terrorist rowdies who foment chaos and terror in this country but we ignore the men and women who have kept this country safe, great and together since its founding.
My prayers and condolences to the family.
Yours was a long and hard struggle yet you did it with Grace.
You have succeeded in inspiring us and setting an example for the rest of us to follow.
You are the real Americans not the dung we see on t.v.
Thank You For Your Service.