This week's column will be short and .... well, I'm not sure sweet is the right word, so let's just stick with short. And I'm doing this for a couple of reasons.
First, if today is the end of the world as billboards across the country would suggest, well I'd hate for you to burn any of your last minutes reading my column when you could be out enjoying yourself one last time.
But if we should survive today, as I certainly hope too, then I have a speech to write.
I was humbled recently when I was asked to be the guest speaker at Spencer's annual Memorial Day service at Riverside Cemetery.
Quit scratching your head. I was pretty stunned too.
Traditionally we hear from a decorated veteran, a government leader of someone with inside background and knowledge to the workings of our military system.
Me, I just Monday morning quarterback it all, a few lines a week here on the opinion page.
Apparently everyone was busy this year so you get me. And I take the honor very seriously and don't want to disappoint. Usually when I'm asked to speak, I scratch out a few notes on things to cover and then let er rip. I don't think I'll be doing that this time. While I truly feel more comfortable speaking from the top of my head, and event like this warrants some time and preparation. That's what I'm giving it - to honor those who served and have left this world to enjoy their ultimate reward in heaven.
If you've never been, I encourage you to carve an hour out of your Monday off next week, and stop by the cemetery to join others in honoring our fallen heroes.
I've covered this event a number of times in the eight years that I've been in Spencer and I sincerely enjoy it, finding myself deeply touched as friends and family members introduce the new flags being dedicated each year.
I'm sure you'll agree, it was worth your time. That is of course, if we're all still here. If things do wrap up on Earth this weekend, well I'll apologize for doubting the billboard folks and then deliver my deepest respect to the our fallen heroes personally.