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Safety and You at ISU

Brought to you by ISU Public Safety and the ISU Safety Committee December, 2005

Here’s something a little different in our Newsletter this holiday season.

There are a couple of different versions of this poem and a few people who take credit for it. No matter what version, this is a good way for us to remember our soldiers, no matter where they are.

A Soldier’s Christmas

“The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight;
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.

Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight;
The sparkling lights in the tree, I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.

My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep
In perfect contentment or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn’t loud, and it wasn’t too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear;
Perhaps just a cough, I didn’t quite know.
Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.

My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near;
Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.

A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold;
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

“What are you doing?” I asked without fear,
“Come in this moment, it’s freezing our here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!”

For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts
To the window that danced with a warm fire’s light,
Then he sighed and he said “It’s really all right,
I’m out here by choice, I’m here every night.
“It’s my duty to stand at the front of the line
That separates you from the darkest of times;
No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I’m proud to stand here like my fathers before me.

My Gramps died at ‘Pearl’ one day in December,
Then he sighed, “That’s a Christmas
Gram always remembers;
My dad stood watch in the jungles of Nam,
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.

I’ve not seen my own son in more than awhile,
my wife sends me pictures, he’s sure got a smile;
Then he bent and carefully pulled from his bag,
The red white and blue...an American flag.

“I can live through the cold and being alone
Away from my family, my house and my home;
I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet, I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.

I can carry the weight of killing another
Or lay down my life with my sisters and brothers
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To insure for all time that this flag will not fall.

“So go back inside,” he said, “harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I’ll be alright.”

“But isn’t there something I can do, at the least
Give you money,” I asked, “or prepare you a feast? It seems a too little for all that you’ve done,
For being away from your wife and your son.”

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
“Just tell us you love us, and never forget
To fight for our rights back at home while
We’re gone, To stand your own watch,
No matter how long.

For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us.
(author unknown)

Developing a Deeper Sense of Meaning & Purpose

  1. Find something that you can commit time to that requires helping others.
  2. Develop a quiet routine that requires at least 30 minutes per day of reduced stimulation.
  3. Attempt to frame events that occur during the day so they are viewed as opportunities for your learning and growth.
  4. If you currently participate in a traditional activity, make sure that it is a regular part of your lifestyle.
  5. Learn to accept the differences in people and reduce the amount of judgments you make.
  6. Be open to continued learning about life’s larger meanings.
  7. Consider adding a meditation or deep breathing exercise to your daily routine.
  8. Expand your opportunity to be of service by volunteering for a different community or social service agency.
  9. Think about how your work supports the good work your school or department does in the community.
  10. Remember, doing good for others is good for your health!

Stalking-Things you can do

Stalking is unpredictable and dangerous. No two stalking situations are alike. There are no guarantees that what works for one person will work for another, you can take steps to increase your safety.

If You are in Immediate Danger, call 911

Trust your instincts. Don’t downplay the danger. If you feel you are unsafe, you probably are.

Take threats seriously. Danger generally is higher when the stalker talks about suicide or murder, or when a victim tries to leave or end the relationship.

Contact Public Safety at 282-2515 or the Project Hope Advocacy Program at 282-2805. They can help you devise a safety plan, give you information about local laws, refer you to other services, and weigh other options such as seeking a protection order.

Develop a safety plan, including things like changing your routine, arranging a place to stay, and having a friend or relative go places with you. You can also contact Public Safety for an escort at 282-2515. Decide in advance what to do if the stalker shows up at your home, work, school, or somewhere else.

Don’t communicate with the stalker or respond to attempts to contact you

Keep evidence of the stalking. When the stalker contacts your or follows you, write down the time, date, and place. Keep e-mails, phone messages, letters, or notes. Ask witnesses to write down what they saw.

Contact the police. Every state has stalking laws.

Consider getting a court order that tells the stalker to stay away from you.

Tell family, friends, roommates and co-workers about the stalking and seek their support. Ask them to help watch out for your safety. (Natl. Center for Victims of Crime)

Holiday Shopping Tips

What do criminals look for during the holiday season?

Do Your Part To Make The Holidays A Safe Time For Everyone

Tips To Avoid Drowsy Driving

Remember, if you are short on sleep, stay out of the driver’s seat!

Holiday Drinking - Keep It Safe

Don’t Leave Home Without These Tips

As you might suspect, the holiday season is the most dangerous time of year for alcohol related accidents and deaths. There are several reasons for this. More people drink during the holidays due to numerous parties and other.

Many holiday drinkers don’t drink very often, so they have a lower tolerance for alcohol. Problem drinkers love the holidays because there are more social occasions to drink. They feel more “normal” because the occasional drinkers are also more likely to abuse alcohol during this time of year.

The holidays are busy and sometimes stressful. People are hurrying more than normal and winter road conditions make driving more dangerous. Add alcohol to this scenario and you have a recipe for disaster.

To help you keep your alcohol intake at a healthy level, consider these strategies:

Last Modified: 07/28/08 at 11:20:29 AM