Of Love & Letters

Posted on Posted in Backblasts
  • When: 07/22/2021
  • QIC: Slash
  • The PAX: Saigon Sam (respect), City Slicker, Prunetang (respect), Snowden (respect), Yard Sale (respect), Left Turn, Sushi, Septum, Trailer Park, Smash Mouth, D-Day (respect)

The sad news this week of the loss of Dollar Bill’s father stirred some memories in YHC. It was almost nine years ago to the day that my father passed, and a hard-to-believe 34 years since the death of my wife’s father.

As DB noted, death comes fast, and sometimes suddenly as well. My father-in-law passed after a massive heart attack while driving to work; he was just 59. My wife regrets not having been able to tell him “I love you” one more time, and I suspect he wished he could have told her that as well.

We know tomorrow is not given, that we should not take for granted that we’ll be able to share in the major events of our children’s lives – the graduations, the weddings, the childbirths. What would you want to tell them if you were not going to be there for those? Our time here gifts us a great opportunity to be present with our children after our passing, in the form of letters we can now write that they can open in the future as they experience life’s various milestones. Share what you’d like them to know about marriage and parenthood, replete with all the joyfulness and hopes and learnings that you would want impart if were you were able to be there.

God willing, you will be there for most of those events! And you’ll be able to hear them read what you wrote to them for each event, and to talk with them about it. Of course, even if we experience such good fortune, there will be one letter we won’t be able to share with them, the one they will open in the wake of our passing.

That time may come peacefully, as it blessedly did with my father, or it may come devastatingly suddenly and unexpected, as it did with my father-in-law. Such a letter may be uncomfortable to write, but you may also find some comfort in it, to know that you’ll be able to, one more time, tell them, “I love you.”

Onto the workout, aka, the Nifty 50s, which, surprisingly, is NOT named after all the really cool old farts in the circle this morning. Rather, we performed an exercise for 50 seconds, followed by a recovery jog of 50 seconds, and ultimately repeated that sequence over and over and over.

The exercises:
Burpees
Monkey Humpers
Gorilla Humpers
Lunge – Left Leg
Lunge – Right Leg
Double Time Run
Heels to Heaven
Merkins
Squats
Merkins
High Plank
Double Time Run
Monkey Humpers
Burpees
Wide Merkins
LBCs
Saigon Sams aka Side Plank, Leg Raise – Alternate Legs Halfway
Saigon Sams aka Side Plank, Leg Raise – Alternate Legs Halfway
Mountain Climbers
Gorilla Humpers
Hold Low Squat

COT / BOM
• Various announcements… Clown car to St. Augustine to work out with down range pax on Friday, leaving 5:10am from the Nocatee Publix… Tackleberry’s memorial ruck for a deceased friend kicks off Friday at 5pm from Crosswater Pool, with SS and a few others meeting him at Treylor Park to Ruck to Mickler with him… No Farm workout this weekend but hopefully will start back up next week after a two week COVID-related hiatus…I know I’m forgetting something…
• Prayers for friends and family.

Always a pleasure! Have a great weekend, all.

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