Tracking Ed Monroe as he travels to Haiti and other exotic(?) places

Monday, February 19, 2007

Monday afternoon

Inventory is done. I'll finish tabulating at home but all my questions have been answered. This team is wonderful to work with I had 6 helpers today and we were done by 10:30 AM. That is a record. We have had about 50 more people show up today for treatment and I am not sure how many of those we actually treated. We are busy packing our gear to return home. We are hauling lots of goodies for the golf outing in August in our totes and bags. I think there might be some dirty laundry in there also. Today is cloudy and partially overcast. Garron has just returned fro surgery. Some of the children he was to operate on did not show up. I found out today that I will not be able to see my sponsored child as he is at his mother's funeral. How sad!
I did not get much sleep last night as I worried about my mad response to anonymous. I let it get under my skin and I fired back. That is never a good thing. I am sorry that I offended anonymous but I put in the hours before retiring and I am happy to try to make a difference in some peoples lives rather that sit in front of my TV and never do anything for anyone. I urge Anonymous to come along on a mission trip and see rhe conditions of the people of Haiti, to see the severe medical problems they have, to see that they suffer mostly in silence with what the world has dealt them. Then Anonymous could complain about the average Joe. As for me I have never been an average person. I am more like a crazy, goofy, workaholic, volunteering, caring person. But I like who I am, what I have accomplished, and what I plan to accomplish in the near and far future. So much for average.
We send our bags and crates over;and at 6PM tonight and have a 7AM plane (we hope-but with Haitians you never know) from Jacmel to Port-Au-Prince. Then it will be a hot dog and shopping at Port-Au-Prince airport after the usual confusion of that crazy place. We fly to Miami around 1PM. More lunch (real American food) in Miami and hopefully a 5:50 flight to O'Hare. The a 9:10 flight(again hopefully) to the Greater Peoria airport.After our wait for the luggage, we MAY be home by midnight which is 1 AM on our body clocks. I do not envy Leigh Behrens who flies from Miami to San Francisco. She will be tired when she gets home. The trip is winding down and that is sad. But many of us will be back in July for another mission. I promise to post photos as soon as I get some. Donna and I did not bring a camera on this trip but I am told a CD is forthcoming from someone. Time for a shower and some wine.


Anonymous said...

Make no mistake compadre, I made no ill remarks about the good works that your organization is doing. I was simply commenting on the self riteous manner in which you present it. And this last posting only reinforces it the more. Do you think no one else does good works? You certainly implied that Anonymous doesn’t. You know nothing about what I may be or have been involved with. You think I spend my nights in front of a TV? That I have never done anything for the betterment of mankind? That I am average? That I do not work hard? That I have no compassion? Maybe I simply do not care to trumpet it to the world. I do not recall Mother Teresa acting in such a way. There are real heros in this world Ed. Some are thrown in to the world’s spot light, but not by their own wishes. And some quietly get up every morning and go to work, they take care of their families, they volunteer in their communities, when asked by our government, they fight our wars for us. And yes, they enjoy life too. Bless you Ed and the good works your organization does, but I leave you with some thoughts:
“The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.”
“Well done is better than well said.”
“The most perfect technique is that which is not noticed at all.”
“Just as there are no little people or unimportant lives, there is no insignificant work.”

Josh Bradshaw said...

I think you misunderstand the intent of the blog. Ed is not trumpeting to the world - the target audience is our families and friends, who appreciate daily updates on us. Often times, we are unable to e-mail all our friends and family on a regular basis because of work, and, yes, sometimes play.