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My sentry duty days are long gone

By Phillip Coffey

I have hearing impairments. No longer can I be a Sentry protecting the lives of others. The distant rolling of thunderous charges of enemy approaching is faint. Long gone are the days when I can hear the beating drums of approaching armies or the hoofs of "The Four Horseman" quickly approaching. Others must take the reins to listen attentively.

I must seek solitude among the masses. Fear and dread escapes me, I must laugh often. I called Mom this morning to make sure that she had taken her meds. I asked her, "have you eaten and popped your pills?"

She laughed and replied, "yes". We began talking about the forecast of hot weather today. I thought she replied, "We may need a pan" to which I replied, "or a slop bucket". (Some of my Dear readers will understand the implication.) Of course she said "fan" not "pan".

All of you with acute hearing and listening skills must report for sentry duty in reserve. There are those that say they can hear the distant roar of beating hoofs of "The Four Horseman", I can't.

If the armies of destruction quickly approached and a command was given to begin firing I would hear, "Fire at Phil". I would quickly 'duck' and retreat. Others would be totally amazed at my cowardliness with my ducking and retreating actions. They all heard," FIRE AT WILL". My sentry duty days are long gone.

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