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"Mision Cumplida, Chile"Posted Thursday, October 14, 2010, at 9:00 PM
Surely the most over-used word in the English language.
"Oh, honey, your meatloaf is awesome!"
"Did you see the awesome convertible that just went by?"
"We had an awesome time on our vacation."
Barely a day goes by that I don't see "awesome" posted on a Facebook page or hear it somewhere, casually tossed out for the most minor accomplishments or events.
Meatloaf is tasty, a car looks great, and vacations are wonderful.
But awesome?" Not even close.
To properly make use of the word "awesome," we have to find something truly extraordinary.
In early August, a mine collapse in Chile trapped 33 men 2,300 feet below the earth's surface.
For 17 days, no one even knew if they were dead or alive.
During that 17 days, the men somehow managed to survive by rationing 48 hours' worth of food and drink. Unbelievably, all of them were still alive when they were eventually located.
For another 53 days, men and women from all corners of the globe dropped whatever they were doing to help solve the problem of how to safely bring the miners out of what might have been their tomb.
Most extraordinary of all, on the last day - Day 70 - when the miners had been down in the San Jose Mine for 10 weeks, rescuers rode a slender metal tube down into the mine, willingly putting their own lives at risk, and shepherded every single miner back into the arms of their families as a rapt audience of an estimated one billion viewers all over the world watched nearly every single moment of it on television.
Now THAT is awesome.
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Kathy Fairchild received a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration in 1986 from Marycrest College, Davenport, Iowa. She is also a 2003 graduate of the paralegal program at New York University. She moved to Marshall in 2006, following a career of more than 30 years with the world's largest farm equipment manufacturer. She is an Air Force brat and grandmother of four.