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Friday, November 30, 2007

World AIDS Day


I find myself saying this more and more, but "I can't believe it's the last day of November already!" I'm duo-twin-blogging over at Boys Are So Ugly But So Cute over the next few weeks so be sure and check that site out too.

Tomorrow is World AIDS Day. I have struggled with a post for the last several weeks. I was going to post a follow up to my story from last year....but I'm not quite ready for that yet. So, because I believed so much in my post from one year ago, I'm going to ask you to join me in reliving it. It's a mess, folks...this AIDS deal. It's been politicized, religiousized and a bunch of other "sizeds" that it just doesn't need to be. To my buddies who struggle, I send you all that I can....my wishes for peace, health, and better days ahead.

"As the city bus pulled away from the curb the rain continued. Gray, wet, constant. We sat toward the back, on the left side. Me, here in this city I knew a few things about from my numerous visits, and him, a friend I'd known for only a year or two. Always a smile. Always up. Everyone knew him. "Oh yea, he's a great guy," they would all say. And he was, that's for sure." READ THE REST OF IT HERE.

Next week is going to be a very tough week for me. We'll be in Boise for my sister's court sentencing. I don't think I can cry any more. Or lay awake any more nights. But you will see a video dedicated to her coming out the first part of the week.

12 comments:

Spamouflage said...

Reading your post, I realized how much my life if trivial. Wow, you certainly have lots going, thanks for sharing with us.

Lemuel said...

I think you put your finger on one of my quandaries: how can we best put a human face again on the AIDS crisis so that it is understood as being about people and not about ideologies.

My thought and prayers will be with you next week as you deal with the situation you describe. May you, your sister, and all involve be given strength, wisdom, and grace.

dbv said...

One of the reasons that I tell everyone I know or meet that I have AIDS is so that they will have a face to put with this disease, even if it is mine!!! Best wishes for your sister!!

Nathan said...

I'll be thinking of you and your family next week.

xo

BRETTCAJUN said...

Have a good weekend Lewis. Stay warm. Stay strong. BIG HUG. NIP TUG.

Steve said...

Good luck with your Sister's situation. Be thinking about you.

Wayne said...

I'm hoping your sister's situation goes well. Good luck!

Java said...

May your sister be blessed by mercy. And strengthened by the love of her family.

Christopher said...

Having lived through the late 70"s and the 80's; I (along with so many others) saw first hand the prejudice evolve against a disease and a group of people in epidemic proportions rapidly. I saw people die from an ailment that was not understood, nor cared about. My decision then and now was to care about the people who were ill. It was not an easy decision, but to lead by example quietly shows mercy and love and brings about a change of mind to others more easily in my opinion.


Hope things go as they should with your sister and that situation. May peace, love and mercy travel with you.

-C (http://christopherc.wordpress.com/)

bardelf said...

I remember and give thanks today for friends no longer here. They are dearly missed.

Steven said...

Thinking of you as you head to Boise next week. We're all here for you!

WAT said...

This AIDS thang is soooooooo shitty. Such a sad thing really. It's a triumph for one to get one's test back negative, but what about those who don't? Sure, people can live longer now with better meds and stuff, but it's still a death sentenc eof sorts.

It just breaks my heart sometimes.