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A hope note

The message crawling across the bottom of the television screen announced that Scott Hamilton had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. This will not be his first brush with death. In 1997, he was struck down by testicular cancer.
By the time he was diagnosed, the cancer had already spread to his abdomen. The testicular cancer was not the first time Scott Hamilton had faced adversity. He began life as an orphan. His mother, a school teacher, died of breast cancer when he was very young. Scott suffered through childhood with a mal-absorption syndrome that didn’t allow him to digest certain nutrients.
He was a puny, frail, sickly child.
His symptoms disappeared shortly after he took up skating at age nine. Scott compensated for his small frame with enormous energy and determination. With his 5-3, 115-pound body, he won, starting in 1981, four consecutive national and world skating titles, and in 1984 an Olympic gold medal.
Looking back over his life, Scott Hamilton told a reporter, referencing that old clich’ about whether the glass is half-empty or half-full: ‘As long as you are alive and kicking, as long as you have another day, you have a full glass.’
His comment reminded me of what the nameless cashier in Kent Haruf’s Eventide said when casually asked by a customer how she was doing: ‘I’m still above ground,’ she said. ‘Every day above ground is a good day, isn’t it?’
Is the glass half-empty or half-full?
If you’re able to read this, maybe it’s full.