Living unaware

Retired yet responding for Dyrk.

The simple things like smiling or saying “Hi.” The joy of a handshake of  an admirer, or better, a photo shot with them.

The complex things such being a mom, a dad, a husband, a wife, teenage years, and religion. The confounding, a dying 4 year old.

Fire Fighters support “Dyrk” Burcie, 4 year old w/ terminal cancer.     #dyrk #dyrkstrong #fire #firefighters

I heard about this little boy from his grandmother. Funny, or not, how we can miss these things when they are right next to us.

The grandmother is a friend. I have worked with her son, the uncle of this little boy. I have spoken with her several times in the last month.

How did I not know of this? What was my focus?

The stuff that really matters sometimes slips by us. Not that we can fix it. We can share, care, and love ‘em. Sometimes that is what we can do, let them know they are loved.

May God bless you Dyrk.

About sturner2

I am curious, not fearful or unafraid. I have delivered babies into this world. I have held the dying until their departure. Life, what is if for? What is it about? Do I know or don't I? Knowledge is elusive and never complete. The more I know, the more I know I don't know. My boss once asked me if I knew what I was doing. "No sir," was my reply, "but that has never stopped me before." This is one of those valuable lessons my mom taught me. Just because you don't know doesn't mean you shouldn't. I am willing. I am not always able. I have heard that "If it is worth doing, it is worth doing until you get it right." Here am I, send me. What is there about me that is different than all the rest? Possibly not all that much. I am a soul longing to do more, share more and know more. Born into a body in 1960, my parents raised me and continue to show me. My wife loves me. My children teach me. My friends stand by me. I share in this journey with many others. I am grateful. I have experienced more than 30 years as a husband, more than 30 years as a dad, and more than 30 years in the fire service. I continue to grow, feel and learn; and too, I diminish, numb, and forget. In honor or disgrace, blame or praise, I am prepared.
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