Tuesday, July 10, 2012
With an interest and some skill in writing, King James I of England made his mark on English literature through poetry, essays, and books covering political and religious topics. He mostly wrote about the Divine Right theory of kingship, for obvious reasons, but in one famous essay, "A Counterblast to Tobacco," published in 1604, he wrote in strong opposition to smoking. It’s kind of like one of the earliest anti-smoking Public Service Announcements. James wrote, smoking is "a custom loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, dangerous to the lungs, and in the black, stinking fume thereof, nearest resembling the horrible Stygian smoke of the pit that is bottomless. “ He nailed it, didn’t he? Of course, his most monumental contribution to the world is his effort for an accurate translation of the holy scriptures from Greek and Hebrew to English. After some disagreements by some members of the Church of England about the first two English translations, James went to great effort in having a translation penned with attention to accuracy. It couldn’t have been out of narcism because it would not wear his name for almost 200 more years. It’s pretty obvious that I am not an expert in 17th century literature, just as I am not an expert in the history of boxing (per an earlier post). I don’t even have an interest in literature beyond the few minutes it took for me to read about King James in order to prepare the introduction to this post in which I may have shared nothing new. But, what you might not know is that King James I of England is also given credit for being the first to use the phrase “No news is better than evil news” written in manuscripts from 1616. We’ve slanged it up a bit as “no news is good news,” but the idea is the same. I haven’t posted in a while due to there being no significant news of Eli (and I have been worn out at night for some reason lately), which is wonderful and blessed for him and us – but, tough on a blog. He is attending a little “camp” each day at the school there on the St. Jude campus, but I have no pictures because Vic uses that time to work so his attention is directed elsewhere. But, when I talked to Eli he sounded excited (he had won a prize) and just really sounded good. Vic said everyone was commenting about how strong he looked. His ANC is 7000 so I am so eager to get back to him because I know the window will begin to close. I am so tempted to cut our time here short, but the girls love VBS, so I do hate to for them. Eli will stop going for the marrow boost now, but will continue the reflux medicine. He is only on the one nausea med still and takes at least two bites each meal time. I also want to make sure I’m clear about his hearing loss. It is significant, but not total. It is only the high frequencies at this point, but more is expected. I can still talk to him on the telephone. Before I forget, I want to say a special thank you to someone named Shirley. I don’t know her, and I don’t even know if she reads any of this. But, I’ve received a copy of her church bulletin in the mail at St. Jude regularly, for I’m not sure how many months, but from near the beginning if not the beginning. We receive it faithfully from the Community Church in Elkmont, Alabama. Eli’s name is highlighted with marker on the prayer list and her name is beside it in parentheses simply as (Shirley). We receive almost countless gestures of the like, so if you have made such a gesture I may not mention it, because I am just not that organized, nor do I have a great memory as I live in a state of fragmented distraction. But please know that we are humbled and strengthened by every effort made. I’m hoping to organize some kind of display or event that will showcase the mail Eli has received. I am a project oriented gal, but things tend to get out of hand in mine as I only think big so I’m hesitant to undertake it. But, as the end of chemo nears, I am hoping to organize some kind of Homecoming for Eli. The picture I’m sharing tonight is at the zoo from before this last chemo treatment.