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  • Mary A. Shukes
    Taking the bottom of the message to heart (along with the rest). I find this an apt posting for Veteran s Day. Mary To err is human, and boy, am I human ...
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      Taking the bottom of the message to heart (along with the rest). I find
      this an apt posting for Veteran's Day.

      Mary

      To err is human, and boy, am I human


      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Dee <XOQuindar@...>
      To: <DrgnsCub@...>; <Dcees@...>; <FleetDiabetics@onelist.com>;
      <bsgslash@onelist.com>; <KirkLovesSpockFic@onelist.com>;
      <KlingonEmpire@onelist.com>; <men-o-trek@onelist.com>
      Sent: Thursday, November 11, 1999 12:14 AM
      Subject: [KirkLovesSpockFic] Re: [Captains_Table] Fw: [Fwd: TWAS THE NIGHT
      BEFORE CHRISTMAS]


      > From: XOQuindar@... (Dee)
      >
      > this is way off topic but appropriate for the coming holiday. Dee
      > ========
      >
      > "TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS,
      > > HE LIVED ALL ALONE
      > > IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF
      > > PLASTER AND STONE.
      > >
      > > I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY
      > > WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,
      > > AND TO SEE JUST WHO
      > > IN THIS HOME DID LIVE.
      > >
      > > I LOOKED ALL ABOUT,
      > > A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,
      > > NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS,
      > > NOT EVEN A TREE.
      > >
      > > NO STOCKING BY MANTLE,
      > > JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,
      > > ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES
      > > OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.
      > >
      > > WITH MEDALS AND BADGES,
      > > AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,
      > > A SOBER THOUGHT
      > > CAME THROUGH MY MIND.
      > >
      > > FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT,
      > > IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,
      > > I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER,
      > > ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.
      > >
      > > THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING,
      > > SILENT, ALONE,
      > > CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR
      > > IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.
      > >
      > > THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE,
      > > THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER,
      > > NOT HOW I PICTURED
      > > A UNITED STATES SOLDIER.
      > >
      > > WAS THIS THE HERO
      > > OF WHOM I'D JUST READ?
      > > CURLED UP ON A PONCHO,
      > > THE FLOOR FOR A BED?
      > >
      > > I REALIZED THE FAMILIES
      > > THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,
      > > OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS
      > > WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.
      > >
      > > SOON ROUND THE WORLD,
      > > THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,
      > > AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE
      > > A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.
      > >
      > > THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM
      > > EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR,
      > > BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS,
      > > LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.
      > >
      > > I COULDN'T HELP WONDER
      > > HOW MANY LAY ALONE,
      > > ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE
      > > IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.
      > >
      > > THE VERY THOUGHT
      > > BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE,
      > > I DROPPED TO MY KNEES
      > > AND STARTED TO CRY.
      > >
      > > THE SOLDIER AWAKENED
      > > AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE,
      > > "SANTA DON'T CRY,
      > > THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE;
      > >
      > > I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM,
      > > I DON'T ASK FOR MORE,
      > > MY LIFE IS MY GOD,
      > > MY COUNTRY, MY CORPS."
      > >
      > > THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER
      > > AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP,
      > > I COULDN'T CONTROL IT,
      > > I CONTINUED TO WEEP.
      > >
      > > I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS,
      > > SO SILENT AND STILL
      > > AND WE BOTH SHIVERED
      > > FROM THE COLD NIGHT'S CHILL.
      > >
      > > I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE
      > > ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT,
      > > THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR
      > > SO WILLING TO FIGHT.
      > >
      > > THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER,
      > > WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE,
      > > WHISPERED, "CARRY ON SANTA,
      > > IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE."
      > >
      > > ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH,
      > > AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.
      > > "MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND,
      > > AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT."
      > >
      > > This poem was written by a Marine stationed in Okinawa > Japan.
      > The following is his request. I think it is > reasonable.....
      > >
      > > PLEASE. Would you do me the kind favor of sending this > to as many
      > people as you can? Christmas will be coming > soon and some credit is
      > due to our U.S. service men and > women for our being able to celebrate
      > these festivities.
      > >
      > > Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we > owe. Make
      > people stop and think of our heroes, living and > dead, who sacrificed
      > themselves for us. Please, do your > small part to plant this small
      > seed.
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      >
      > Dee Horn, Commander
      > CO, Shuttle Dragon's Cub, StarFleet Int'l - - - XO, USS Quindar,
      > StarFleet Command
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