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Topic: The Game of Life (09/11/08)
TITLE: Battle of a Lifetime
By Allison Egley
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I closed my eyes.
"I’m bored," I said.
"Me too, Eric. What do you want to do?"
"I don’t know. Want to play Army Men? I’ll get the bucket from my room."
"I’ll be the good guys, and Nathan, you can be the bad guys."
I lined up my army men, ready for the fight.
"Okay men, you know our target. Now remember, the enemy could be anywhere. Be careful for civilians too. Most of them should be out of the way. And if you have to take one, as much as I hate it, this is war, and you don’t always have a choice. It may not be out land we’re defending, but everyone has the right to peace and freedom. Now go out there and get them!"
"Sergeant, we’ve got enemy troops coming. I don’t know how many of them there are."
"Take out as many as you can."
"They keep coming, Sergeant. It’s almost like they’re multiplying as we watch. I’m not sure how long we can hold them off. Bring in the reinforcements!"
"B Team! Go! Surround A Team and help them out."
"It’s working, Sergeant. They enemy is decreasing. But they won’t retreat."
"If you can, surround them and take them out. Do it one man at a time, if you have to. I’ve got C Team ready to go if you need them."
"Better send them in, Sergeant. This enemy is tough."
"Yes, Soldier, but we are tougher. We’ve just got to believe it. And make the enemy believe it too.
"Soldier, how are things from your stance?"
"I… I think we’ve got most of them, Sergeant. There may be a few in hiding yet, but… well, I think we’ve accomplished the goal."
"Great job. Bring in the rest of the troops for a debrief.
"How many civilians did we loose?"
"I don’t have an exact count, Sergeant. It was more than we wanted, obviously. One is too many; but it could have been worse."
"Some innocent loss is inevitable, but if we can keep it to a minimum, that's good. Now what about the land?"
"Well Sir, you can see most of the damage for yourself. It’s certainly not pretty, but we saved what we could."
"Affirmative. The civilians should be able to rebuild. We’ll just have to bring them in slowly."
Nathan gave me a high-five. "Good job, Eric. You fought well. And... well... I’m glad the good guys won."
I returned the high-five. "Me too, Nathan."
I opened my eyes again and looked at the doctor.
"And that, Eric, is how the chemotherapy is going to help you fight the cancer that’s invaded your body."
Troops = Chemotherapy drugs
Enemy = Caner
Civilians = Immune system
City = Patient
September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; II Timothy 4:7 (NASB)
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