I must say, I have been riveted by the story of the miners in Chile. I was glued to the TV Tuesday night when they pulled that first miner out of rescue cage. I was so excited to see him be reunited with his family, especially with his son. I am basically a big sap. It was wonderful to see something good going on in the world instead of hearing about foreclosures, terror threats, and oil spills.
This story has been so…human. There was so much to take in to consideration for the rescue; exposure to sunlight, pressure changes and blood clots, the health of each miner, etc. I cannot imagine how hard it would be to be the last miner to be rescued. The anticipation would be horrible. The whole situation made me think about what I would want to do if I had been trapped underground with 32 other people for 69 days and was finally rescued. My to-do list would be as follows:
- Obviously, hug my family. I would be crying my face off. I cannot imagine how emotional I would be, considering I love getting hugs after returning from dinner and a movie!
- Brush my teeth. I don’t know if they had toothbrushes down there or not, but I would be running to the sink, reaching for the Crest Whitening Expressions (Cinnamon, preferably).
- Shower. It would be the longest shower EVER. I would probably scrub off 4 layers of my skin, but it would be the best.
- Have a hot turkey sandwich, with homemade gravy. Hopefully someone would prepare it for me, I wouldn’t want to cook right away.
- Take the longest nap in my bed. I would want the cleanest, freshest sheets and my favorite flat-as-a-pancake pillow.
- Sit on my back patio, enjoy the breeze, and eat a giant bowl of fresh fruit.
As I look at the list I wrote above, I realize that nothing I would want is expensive or fancy. As a matter of fact, shopping would probably be at the very bottom of my list. It would be about being with people I love, getting some good rest, and having some comfort food. It is stories like these that can really get you thinking about what is truly important in life. Whereas there is no way to truly understand what these poor men and their families have been through, it can still add a little perspective to your own life.
Have you thought about what you would want if you have been kept away from your family and home for an extended period of time? Would work be anywhere on that list?