My FIL is a decorated Korean War Vet. He’s got 2 Purple Hearts and he’s earned them. He’s an honorably discharged Marine. He fought for our country and I am bloody proud to call him my Dad in law… he rocks.
Now he’s sick. And that bites. He just got diagnosed with terminal cancer. We’re not sure how long he has, but all plans are on hold. All plans are just plans. I am ready to jump and do what needs to be done for this man whenever the call arrives.
He’s too proud to ask us for help. The poor guy had a rough week just after Thanksgiving. He went to emergency, they drove him from Tyler, TX to Shreveport, LA to run bunches of tests on him. He didn’t call us. His current wife didn’t know to call us. We only found out today how difficult that week was for him.
He’s a MARINE through and through. Is he perfect? Heck no. He’s made mistakes–ask his ex’s. But he’s a good man. He’s a strong man. He’s a hero who’s fought for us. He’s an honorable man.
I wonder why he has to have this crappy end. Why he can’t just ride his motorcycle and wear his leather jacket (he bought this in his 70s) till he turns 102? Why? That’s the ticket. There is no answer to the questions we have at times like this. All we can do is honor him, love him, be available to him and live our own lives with honor.
Bill’s always asking about my writing. He’s the only member of my family, in-law/outlaw or by blood, who asks (outside of my own little family who knows exactly what my writing is like and more). He wants to read my books. He believes in me.
And it bites that I’m going to say goodbye to him. I hate to lose a good fellow. A good cheerleader. A good man.
The only way I know to keep him alive is to find a way to keep him riding that Honda Motorcycle in the pages of my books. Even if no one else reads them, I’ll have written them.
Honor your heroes… the real ones. Honor the men who have given you life, taught you lessons about love, married you, raised children with you, loved your grandchildren, loved you. Honor your brothers, your fathers, your father in laws, your sons.
We’re writing about heroes. Today my hero is Bill.