March 16, 2004


I've tried to stay very detached from the deaths in Iraq, because it's easier to deal with if your fences are nice and strong. But this morning I weep.

Kathy pointed out that a milblogger has died in Iraq. His is not a blog I've ever read before, but I went to read his final entry today. And I flat-out wept as I read it. One of the things he said should be highlighted:

I know it is not my money that I am giving away and I am not interested in receiving thanks. But it points out to the fact that this is a society that is in desperate need of everything. It is like pouring a cup of water out in a dry desert. The water disappears and you are left with the feeling of “did it do any good?” Sometimes the answer is “yes.” Sometimes the answer is “no.” Sometimes you wait for the flower to grow. I don’t mean to sound depressed because I am not. I am enjoying this work immensely. It is very gratifying…as long as the flowers grow eventually. I have hope that they will.

He ended his entry with a simple closing, one that breaks my heart to read today:

Hang on to your dreams!

Smash suggests we pay our respects. I think that's a good idea. And, Bob...we'll make sure the flowers continue to grow.

Posted by Sarah at March 16, 2004 07:27 AM

Sarah, I, too, cried as I read about Bob Zangas. It is amazing how our paths cross in this world. Bob Zangas was from Level Green/Trafford, Pa., the small community where we lived for a couple of years. I know that community will do their best to honor Bob Zangas'memory. The people that live there are some of the finest people I have ever met, and I know that firsthand. They were kind, generous and caring when we lived there; I know they haven't changed. My prayers go out to Bob Zangas' family.

Posted by: Nancy at March 16, 2004 10:40 AM

I wept also. His last entry was such a beautiful expression of who he was. My prayers go to his family and friends as well as all those still in Iraq.

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