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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A better deal...

Years ago on one of our beach walks I saw an elderly man sitting on a wooden bench, wrapped in a blanket staring towards the sea.  I noticed a red hat with a Marine Corps emblem and I yelled " Semper Fi, Marine! " and that look in his eyes told me I was welcomed.. After some introductions I learned that he was at Iwo Jima and soon he began to speak of memories long left resting in his heart.  For a brief time I was witness to an old Marine's life and for a moment I could feel his need to share it.  To someone who understands.    Thats what that college professor so many years ago gave me...   Maybe the greatest gift one may give to another is the gift of being heard. To belong to something greater....God bless the veteran...God bless us all. 


3 comments:

B.W. and Carol said...

Semper Fi, Do or Die!!! Once a Marine, Always a Marine. I have a cap that says: "Not as Lean", "Not as Mean", "But Still a Marine"
God Bless our Troop's.

-Nellie and Jonathan said...

Oh, I love that story. I used to LOVE hearing my grandpa tell his stories. He didn't share much about the war because it was too hard, but I was happy to hear anything he wanted to share.

Lisa said...

My son joined in march and has already learned what makes the Marines so great. One of his letters home from boot-camp said that he has had some of the best times of his life there and doesn't regret anything. He just left for overseas deployment last week.