Sam’s current medical status: Yesterday was another quiet day for Sam. He is supposed to have arm surgery sometime next week to fix his broken arm. He continues to be surrounded by the love of his family and the support and prayers of his friends.
Sacramento Bee article: The title of this blog entry is “Waiting for Sam” and it is the name of an article written in today’s Sacramento Bee by Anita Creamer. If you want to read that article, you can find it on the “L” Scene section of today’s paper. You can also find the on-line version of the article at this location: Sacramento Bee article.
I don’t want to retell the article in the newspaper, but I do want to give my rational for initially calling Anita Creamer and for keeping this blog updated. I’m obviously writing this blog to keep family and friends updated on Sam’s medical status. I’m writing it as a tribute to Sam, his character, courage, patriotism and personal integrity. I’m writing to request support and prayer for Sam and Erin in a time of great need. And I’m writing it to document the great personal sacrifice that one man and his family must endure when the leaders of our country make the decision to send our young men off to war. I don’t want this blog to be my personal soap box for my opinion on the war in Iraq because my job as a father is to support my daughter in any way I can in her greatest hour of need. So I have intentionally left out any opinions I have on this conflict.
The kindness of strangers: I continue to receive many emails and comments in this blog from family, friends and even strangers who have heard of Sam’s situation and I continue to be amazed at the kindness, prayers and words of encouragement. Occasionally I share with you some of these comments and I would like to do that today. I don’t know this gentlemen but he somehow heard about Sam and was compelled to write me. His words are elegant, touching and succinct and because he is a veteran, his comments are even more powerful. Since I didn’t get his permission, I won’t use his name, but I would like to thank him for his kindness and his service to our country:
Thank you for serving this wonderful country of ours. Your love for America is demonstrated in your willingness to give your all for the freedoms that we enjoy.
I have prayed to God for your healing, and will continue to do so as God brings you to mind. Trust in Him, that He will restore you physically to your wife and family.
[Name Removed by the blogger]
U.S. Army Veteran & Patriot
Thank you Anita: I would also like to offer my heartfelt thanks to Anita Creamer for the article she wrote in the Sacramento Bee about Sam. When I initially spoke to Anita, I confessed that I wasn’t sure why I wanted to tell her about Sam—but through many years of reading her column I just new she was a classy lady and that I could trust her to do justice to a story about Sam. The article was very well written— it was accurate and most importantly, it captured Sam’s character and the love we all have for him as a Marine, husband, son and friend to many.