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tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 134.2 - Posts: 3779)
Sun, 26th Oct '08 11:26 PM

PERSPECTIVE...OR THE LACK THEREOF

I drove the bus 610 miles, today. About a hundred of it to an Army Reserve Center, 2-300 to Fort Hayes in Columbus, Ohio. And the rest empty back home.

The purpose of the trip was to pick up a unit that was being deployed into Iraq. It was the second or third time for some, the first time for several. It was still dark and rainy when the held their final formation and started to load their gear. The parking area was a mass of wives, children, parents, friends. There was a lot of hugging, kissing, crying and stoic behavior. Would they only be gone a year, or longer? Who might not come back alive? Who might come back wounded, and how badly, like the hobbled E-6 who was saying farewell to his comrades because he could not stay with his unit with a leg that did not function all that well. Four squad cars with lights flashing, a group of veterans on Harleys and a long line of vehicles led the bus out of town, down 1-94 to I-69, and onto the state line. It was a very moving (bad pun) sight.

The troops kept high spirits on the long, drizzling ride, but you could feel the apprehension and sorrow associated with the situation. When I left them at the fort, I asked them to promise to ask for me to bring them back home upon their return.

So then, I came back home, tired from the long ride, which was complicated the whole day by 30-40 mph winds pushing the bus around on the rainy highway. It is time to relax, do a little Sploofing and think well for all of our troops. And what do I find? Someone upset about...thread bumping, oh my. Another post is implying some kind of impropriety because another person who didn't take the WP, them self, had the unmitigated audacity to help someone else take it, and a bunch of poking of sticks in other people's eyes because they don't share the same cookie political ideologies, like any of it is actually going to change someone's opinion, and finally, some self-serving, attention getting blather.

I guess I need to get some perspective on what is really important.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofabulous (Editor)  
Sun, 26th Oct '08 11:32 PM

Here! Here!

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5316)
Sun, 26th Oct '08 11:37 PM

You are so right, Tuzilla, all of these things we often get upset about rank at zero on the importance scale when you think about those servicemen and servicewoman going into harm's way. Their children will be without them for the next year or so -- if they're lucky -- and the mothers will have to be mom AND dad. Most likely the service personnel will come back changed and not the same person who left today. How many will come back whole, physically and mentally?

Thanks for making us take a second to stop and count our blessings and say a brief prayer for those serving our country. It doesn't matter if we agree with the war or not: Our young people are serving in our place and we owe them our deepest love and gratitude.



oogie54
Oogie54  (Level: 201.5 - Posts: 1120)
Sun, 26th Oct '08 11:39 PM

Thanx for the post Tuz, I think it must be human nature to be drawn to whatever is controversial, defamatory, etc. Sensationalism sells the evening news and draws the onlooker, not for information of what's best about mankind, but to delineate it's worst on multiple channels and in great detail. Appreciate the touching account of these self-sacrificing individuals, and your empathy towards them. You keep doing things like that you may shake my cynical, apathetical view of our species.

sargon
Sargon  (Level: 112.0 - Posts: 1256)
Mon, 27th Oct '08 3:27 AM

I work with a fellow that started his military career in the Viet Nam era and has been in the National Gurard ever since. A couple of years ago he got called up for duty in Iraq. His Company retrieved broken down (or blown up) heavy equipment. The Army didn't count his three months of state side training in the year so he was actually gone 15 months.

Since he was about my age I thought frequently about the impact on him and his family. In the many times that we have talked since his return he has never said anything negative or been bitter. No talk of politics only of it being part of his duty to country.



caramel1
Caramel1  (Level: 128.4 - Posts: 21604)
Mon, 27th Oct '08 4:13 AM

Things like death and certainly families saying farewell to their loved one is certainly far more important than anything said here as example my thread-bumping complaint. When you get right down to it everything said and done here is pretty much "fluff"-no offense, Chick, compared to that. This whole thing is a game and if life is, it is a very serious one-Linda

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 261.1 - Posts: 2770)
Mon, 27th Oct '08 4:47 AM

Indeed, Tuz.
And very appropriate since, in the UK at least, we're just coming up to Remembrance Day.

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Mon, 27th Oct '08 5:05 AM

And yet, those military personnel would be the first to say they do what they do so life for others can go on the same. They also play the games and want us to. They enjoy the break from such seriousness and enjoy getting away to the "normal" stuff we take for granted here every day. Our discussions, though seemingly mundane next to their life and death experiences, are nonetheless important. Normalcy is important (which is not to accuse any of us Sploofusers of being normal! )

I remember right after 9/11 thinking how lucky we are that for the majority of our days, we have the luxury and good fortune NOT to have to think of terrorism and deep national grief and the unthinkable. But in many areas on earth, they're not making many Starbucks runs or naming concerts.

Thank you to all military personnel. Godspeed and safe return.

revdodd
Revdodd  (Level: 68.7 - Posts: 775)
Mon, 27th Oct '08 6:09 AM

It's a scene that plays on a regular basis here in Faynam, Tuzilla. Thanks for sharing!

mplaw51
Mplaw51  (Level: 179.5 - Posts: 1582)
Mon, 27th Oct '08 6:20 AM

Nicely written, Tuzilla- it's good to be reminded of the larger picture.

Thanks for the post.

ladyvol
Ladyvol  (Level: 205.4 - Posts: 5492)
Mon, 27th Oct '08 6:22 AM

Thanks Steve for your post...It was something I think was needed here...My thoughts and prayers are with our troops and their families. Semper Fi...
Vickie

slicko
Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Mon, 27th Oct '08 6:26 AM

Thanks Steve for all the times you make us laugh but also for a little dose of sobering reality. Beautifully put.

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.8 - Posts: 6058)
Mon, 27th Oct '08 6:45 AM

Great thread, Steve! Thanks for putting things in perspective, and God bless our troops and their families and prayers for their safe return.

Marilyn...

lucimoore
Lucimoore  (Level: 183.6 - Posts: 1684)
Mon, 27th Oct '08 8:27 AM

You're a good guy Steve.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Mon, 27th Oct '08 8:31 AM

Haven't taken a bus for years, but if there's more like you, will have to reconsider!

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 155.2 - Posts: 2478)
Mon, 27th Oct '08 9:09 AM

Thank you, Tunzilla/Steve -- for the reminder -- its good sometimes to be reminded. As an Air Force mom, myself, I appreciate the support you showed. My son, is headed back to Iraq, at some point. I can't begin to describe the feeling of having your child go to war -- its like holding your breath for six months. Yet I am so proud of him. He changed somehow, from looking so very young to a becoming a man in the years he has been in the AF -- My baby boy, has a security clearence! Seems like I gave birth to him (all 10lbs 5oz of him) just a minute ago! God bless our America. God bless our Troops!

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5316)
Mon, 27th Oct '08 11:29 AM

Speaking of the servicemen and women enjoying games, I don't think they get enough time on the Internet to do anything more than a quick note to their families, certainly not play any games, but wouldn't it be cool if we had some members who were serving overseas and were connected to us through Sploofus?

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Mon, 27th Oct '08 3:30 PM

Remembrance Day is on 11/11 here in Australia.

It is also Armistice Day, the day that the hostilities of World War 1 finished in 1918.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armistice_Day

At the eleventh hour, we stop whatever we are doing, and have two minutes silence to remember those men who fought for our freedom, and thank all of them.
So many never made it back to the loving arms of their families who had yearned for them and prayed for their safety.

There are memorial services all over the country, it is a day to pause, reflect, and be grateful we live in freedom.


Thanks, Steve. We need to remember all those people who made our lives and our countries what they are today, and to adjust our perspective.

We will remember them.
Lest we forget.



~Bev





alvandy
Alvandy  (Level: 229.7 - Posts: 7573)
Mon, 27th Oct '08 4:11 PM




Great message from Steve. Very positive!
We need to be reminded sometimes of the important things in life.



jorboo
Jorboo  (Level: 39.1 - Posts: 141)
Mon, 27th Oct '08 6:48 PM

I agree with you Tuzilla. Things need to be put in proper prespective. I buried my daughter 7 months ago and everything in my life has changed. I read some people's complaints and I wish life was that easy. Everyone needs to reflect on what is truly important. Jorboo/Genny

oogie54
Oogie54  (Level: 201.5 - Posts: 1120)
Mon, 27th Oct '08 7:02 PM

I can't begin to imagine what it is like to lose a child Genny, has to be the worst loss possible, I'm so sorry. I hope time helps you heal from this hurt, and please join us more here in BBS. Although there is bickering and whining, there are wonderfully compassionate and caring people in them all. Danny

caramel1
Caramel1  (Level: 128.4 - Posts: 21604)
Mon, 27th Oct '08 7:05 PM

Yes, I too cannot imagine your pain and am dreadfully sorry-Linda

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.8 - Posts: 6058)
Mon, 27th Oct '08 7:18 PM

I am truly sorry, Genny, on the loss of your daughter. I know it is with you every day!

Marilyn...

taco24
Taco24  (Level: 131.4 - Posts: 589)
Mon, 27th Oct '08 7:27 PM

Oh, Genny.....
My deepest condolences on your loss. There is truly no greater loss than the loss of a child. Everything else pails in comparison.

My best to you and your family.

Susan

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.6 - Posts: 3302)
Mon, 27th Oct '08 7:45 PM

Genny - I am terribly sorry. I cannot imagine the pain. I sure hope that you are able to go forward and help to memorialize her life.

Alice


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