As I walked outside just minutes ago I could feel the cool fall air sweeping into the valley.. Soon the warmer days of fall will continue to shrink toward winter. The crisp air will turn cold and snow is sure to follow. I thought of Zach having sent most of his gear back to Germany and yet going out into the field again and again, is he warm? I don't know and that is part of a constant worry, the reason for my now slightly graying hair. However I saw the movie Invictus again as Lisa bought me the movie about Nelson Mandela and the South African Rugby team. It is truly a wonderful story and brought my attention to this poem whose lines were recited by thousands who struggled with war and the fight for freedom....
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
William Ernest Henley
Zach you are my hero, you are superman and I love you with all my heart!