Sending out all the positive vibes and prayers I can for this guy as he goes into surgery again today. My uncle Elmo has had a rough couple of years, but he's stronger and more stubborn than anyone I know. He's also grumpy and can be an introvert. I feel bonded to him in this way, and every time I'm grouchy I know I got it from him. When I was a little kid, he was a dad to me. Making sure I felt loved, but also teaching me how to have a thick skin and how to hang tough with the boys. He's one of the best cooks I know, and always makes me something special because I'm his weird little vegetarian. He swears and farts and makes gross jokes, but he also loves animals as much as I do, loves nature, and he's one of the sweetest men I know. I know he'll make it through, so we can go to a lake this summer, share and beer and watch the fish swim away from us and back again.