June 17, 2013, - 10:28 am
Father’s Day is over, but this “leftover” is very much worth your time. I don’t always agree with writer Mitch Albom, but his Father’s Day column, yesterday, on the life and good-bye of Lt. Col. Mark Weber is a must-read. It will put a tear in your eye. I saw Lt. Col Weber on TV and heard him on Albom’s Detroit radio show, but even if I had not, I’d still have been extremely touched by this. You’d have to be a block of ice not to be. The beginning of the end:
Fathers are often bad at good-byes. Some find them awkward. Some find them silly. Some just figure, in their work-focused way, that there will always be time for one later.
Mark Weber was an exception. He had a long chance to say good-bye. He was a career soldier, a lieutenant colonel in the Minnesota National Guard, awarded the Bronze Star for heroism. In 2010, he was on his way to a high-level position in Afghanistan, under personal request from Gen. David Petraeus.
He stopped to get a physical. And everything changed.
Tests showed, astoundingly, that 75% of Mark’s liver, the surrounding lymph nodes and intestines were strewn with cancer. Although he’d felt fine, he was only 38, and he had been running several miles a day, the doctors shook their heads.
Buy Lt. Col. Weber’s book, “Tell My Sons: A Father’s Last Letters.”
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