Wednesday, December 19, 2007
as christmas approaches and i rush to get presents sent out (on time!) and christmas cards sent out (on time!) and about a thousand other things that i should be doing, i find myself talking to mike and my mom--the two people i am missing the most this holiday season--and keeping them a part of my frantic activities. mom is helping me with gift choices, mike is making me laugh. yes, this is s'posed to be the season of brotherly love and kindness and reaching out to one another with joy and good cheer but four (i'll call them large) jolly people shouldn't congregate in the entrance to target! i mean, stopping short to talk to someone in the mall is dangerous at best, especially at this time of year, but if ya gotta stop, pull to the side folks! these four formed a huddle that blocked things entirely! and they were unconsciously shifting as we tried to get by! while sharon and i (and about 6 other people who just couldn't get around) laughed as inconspicuously as we could, i could hear mike's building bray inside my head and it made it all the funnier.
i got an 'e' the other day from spider-man fan, tellos fan, and HUGE mike fan, vicki tierney, who was sweet enough to send me pictures of her own personal tribute to mike. while matt and i have just been amazed at the incredible (and in some cases a little too touching) pieces that have been sent to us by countless talented and compassionate artistts, vicki's testiment to mike is one that is hard to beat.
as you can see.
and, in the spirit of christmas, and even moreso, the spirit of mike, i offer the following;
apparently, this young buck was a mile and a half off the florida coast swimming to who knows where.
near total exhaustion--no doubt that he would have very shortly drowned--he was caught and brought aboard this fishing boat.
"He was sooo tired and was glad to get into our boat and rest!
And yes, we turned him loose when we got back to shore. Just try beating this Fish Story!"
how wonderful that these guys spotted the deer and then took the time--i'm sure it was hard--to get the little guy up and in and back to shore!
smell ya later!