10 PAX answered the call on this tad bit cooler morning and got better because of it.
The Pax: FroYo, Neo, Aruba? (Yep, present!), Chitwood, Colt, Josey, Breaker, Bowtie, and the most badass man in the Pax – Mel
Mosey around the AO then back to the grassy knoll for some SSH and arm circles. The Q brought the F3 Workout deck so each person dealt their own fate.
- 17 Monkey Humpers
- 12 Hand clap Merkins
- 12 WWII Sit ups
- 14 Alternating Side Squats
- 20 Burpee’s
- 16 Wide Arm Merkins
- 100 Arm circles
- 20 4-count American Hammers
- 18 Merkins
- The winning draw was Chitwood. He pulled the 100 Long Slow Flutters. To make it a bit more interesting we did 100 4-count Long Slow Flutters!
- 18 Backward lunges
- 12 Bulgarian Split Squats
- 15 standard Lunges
- 14 Carolina Dry Docks
- 90 seconds of Plank, followed by side plank
- 100 (Non-partner assisted) Calf Raises
- 20 4-count Freddie Mercury’s
- 14 Heels to heaves
- 15 Oblique crunches each side
- 20 Plank Jacks
- 80 seconds of holding the Luge
- 10 4-count Rosalita’s
- 20 Merkins
MOLESKINE: YHC wanted to get his self-appointed two Q’s a month in and started preparing early. I had been thinking about all that the Sandhills pax have gone through and are going through to provide a well thought out Backblast….you know, I prepared. Maybe over-prepared. A day or so before the Q I sat down to prepare; I started making notes. First – bullet points, next – sentences, which turned into paragraphs.
Then Monday happened.
Jean Claude works with one of the brides of our local hero’s who died while serving the USA in Afghanistan. These two women, their children, their team mates, the moms and dads of these men, their friends, Jean Claud…..all these world’s just changed at a moment’s notice. Captain D had the presence of mind to honor these men, even in the smallest of ways and called us together.
All my points and articulated ideas that I worked on and had sat back and liked, just crumbled away. For those within the Pax who have been around death, seen it, felt it you can empathize with what these people are going through. For those who haven’t, don’t rush it.
The grief that comes, comes in waves. It can come at the most obvious times or the strangest of times. Grief looks different for everyone. What I know, for me, it was different each time. While serving in the Army and a mate died it was something we had steeled ourselves for, the almostinevitable. When it was of my own flesh and blood was when I was a Sad Clown in my time of greatest need. I turned to my church….and there was no one there. NO ONE.
YHC is not saying that each of us, or any of us, need to throw ourselves at these families – these friends to assuage their grief. It would be weird for complete strangers to show up to help…maybe. What I am saying is to pay attention! Don’t be afraid to be uncomfortable to talk to someone in their moments of grief. It sounds awful doesn’t it? To be “uncomfortable” in the presence of someone’s tremendous grief. How petty of us who have run from that place of being uncomfortable. For creating excuses like, “I don’t want to intrude while they have family there”, knowing we won’t go after family has left. For the excuse of, “I don’t know what to say” or “I barely know them” or …….
Monday’s happen. What are you going to do the next time it does?