Brinksmanship and a fat lip

Twenty years from now, my as-yet unconceived child will ask what I was doing when the war of 2003 began. The kid will likely look at me with a cocked head when I say I was only trying to keep my bottom lip from falling off.

A more spiritual man might have taken my little try at unconciousness as a sign from above. My father has already once referred to it as a “spell.” I’m pretty sure only people over 70 have spells. I blacked out and fell on my face. Even when I’m 76 I won’t admit to having spells.

In less than 30 hours I have graduated to solid food, but nothing that requires the use of my front teeth. Molars only. I skipped work today and spent a few hours watching the first of many talking heads ruminating about the impending war.

I’m wondering if my tete-a-tete with the carpet knocked more than my lower face astray. As hard as I try (and believe me, I’m trying) I can get neither excited nor worried about the possiblity of war, retaliation, victory, or defeat. It just doesn’t seem real.

There comes a great burden with being the world’s only superpower. I figure a healthy part of that burden is knowing when to go and when to stay home. I don’t have that answer.

A man of thought (as I like to consider myself) should have some opinion or feeling about his country leading a charge to war. I feel incredibly shallow for feeling very little in the way of anxiety or patriotic fervor.

Perhap when my as-yet unconceived child turns 20, there will be no need for war.

That’s a nice thought. But, I’m sure when my dad’s buddies were stuck in Vietnam 30 years ago, he was probably saying the same thing about his as-yet unconceived child’s potential world.

If that doesn’t cause a spell in the heartiest of men, I don’t know what will.

Brad Willis

Brad Willis is a writer based in Greenville, South Carolina. Willis spent a decade as an award-winning broadcast journalist. He has worked as a freelance writer, columnist, and professional blogger since 2005. He has also served as a commentator and guest on a wide variety of television, radio, and internet shows.

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