The world holds its breath


It feels like the night in 1969 when my parents woke me up to watch man land on the moon. I sit here now as a sat there then hoping all will go right.

They’ve been underground since August 5th. Before they were located 2,257 feet underground they stretched a 2 days supply of food for 17 days. Two spoonfuls of tuna, a sip of milk, a bite of crackers and a morsel of peaches. Every other day.

Hopefully, they will be soon be hoisted one by one to the surface. If all goes right, it will take 15 minutes per man and it will be the longest 15 minutes of each of their lives. I’ve written on Coal Miners before in a post called “Where will you be at 3:30 today? I hope to write a completely different story than that one soon.

I’d like to keep this one light, so pray for 33 miracles like this:

The most amazing thing to me: each man wants to be hoisted up last.  What’s the most amazing thing to you?

~Mike

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13 Responses to “The world holds its breath”

  1. vicequeenmaria Says:

    It’s still mind boggling …and a humble reminder to all of us on keeping the faith if we ever feel stuck in a dark hole.

  2. Staci Garcia Says:

    Last man out the gentleman. Selfless. He who puts other before himself. And the book deal sounds nice too. Especially with movie deal probably already in the works. ;)))

  3. The Dude Dean Says:

    I think this a great story, now if we all could just get along so well.

  4. Rob Says:

    I can’t believe that they are not total basket-cases flipping out every five minutes. It’s amazing mental control they have.

    Let me tell a joke and give a piece of advice to the first miner out… Take the Oakley endorsement as sunlight is just a few hours away. And deep down, everyone knows they are the best!

    Nice thoughts Mike!

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  6. Liz Nunan Says:

    I’m also watching tonight and as your post says – I’m holding my breath. Praying for them as their journey up seems to be a tough one. I too am amazed they all want to be last. The news states that the last one will be hailed a hero. They are all heroes to me.

    • Mike LaMonica Says:

      Hi Liz-

      This is truly an incredible world event. Thanks for ringing in.

      Post up pics of your companywide “wear pink” day. Lots of great things going on! You are heroes too!

      ~Mike

  7. Dori Zinn Says:

    They each want to come up last last because that’s the one that gets the book deal.

    • MIke LaMonica Says:

      They’re more than half way there. I wonder if there were Hollywood agents passing notes down…

      ~Mike

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