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Fallen Marine no match for tough wife

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

‘I couldn’t find the soup strainer so I used one of your socks.’

YUCAIPA, Calif. – Most people think of Marines as being strong and tough. That’s true in combat. But in sickness, I for one surrender like a whimpering coward.

I’m in my sixth day suffering through an ugly bout of a cold, or maybe it’s the flu. Runny, sniffling nose, watery eyes, pounding headache targeted just above my eyes; and let’s just say, I don’t stray too far from the bathroom.

In this sixth day, I’ve blown (literally) through four boxes of tissue. I think I’ve earned a rebate from Kleenex.

This nasty illness has also stricken my wife Nan. She has every symptom I have.

However, there’s a huge difference in how we are handling our shared suffering. My wife battles through the day like a brave Marine in hand-to-hand combat. She refuses to surrender to this most intrusive invader.

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Mom’s tender care fights the flu bug

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

YUCAIPA, CA – “Mom, I’m sick,” I’d whimper. Sometimes true; sometimes not. Sometimes just a little white lie that I concocted and hoped my mom would fall for, so that I could skip school.

We lived on a farm miles from town and school, so if I could convince mom that I was sick until the bus picked up my brothers and sisters, I had the day off.

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