BY DEAN RUSH | JUNE 04, 2020
We can learn about our character and convictions by thinking back on our reactions to life experiences. This memory is from the early years of the Vietnam War when I was a pilot flying combat missions over North Vietnam. I'll bet you have similar reactions to strong emotional events, and hope this story helps shed some light as an example of 'onion peeling'.
"I, like a lot of other veterans could say that there are no glamorous war stories, but this was one that turned out to be rather humorous in the end. At the time it was kind of wild. I had not seen my wife since departing for the war. they used to give us a thing called R&R (rest and recuperation) It kind of got you out of the theater."
"Vickie and I decided to meet in Hawaii. I had a friend who had just been on R&R to meet his wife. He suggested we stay at this certain hotel in Honolulu. We set up reservations at that hotel. Vicki was waiting for me when I arrived.
"You should know that the week before I went on my R&R we had been shelled every night. I worked with a group of Special Forces and the enemy didn't like us very much. They sent these rockets and shells in every night. I had tired of being awake every night, so I built sandbags around my bed. I thought if somebody's going to hit me they have to hit me directly through the roof. Every night when the shelling would begin I'd roll off the bed (within the sandbags) and get under the bed, and just go back to sleep. I had some blankets there and it was not comfortable but I was tired so I would go to sleep. I had to fly the next day."
"So we arrived in Honolulu and we had time to kind of get to know one another and then we went to sleep. Little did I know but next door they were building another hotel and they were blasting. My wife who had not seen me in six months heard me scream when I heard the shells or I heard what I thought were shells but it was actually dynamiting to build this other hotel, and she observed as I rolled off the bed and tried to get under the bed - which was probably three inches above the ground. I literally was fighting to get under the bed. She thought I had absolutely going crazy, and I guess I was, because I looked up and she was fine. The hotel was still there. The room wasn't shaking (which is normally a result of the rockets) and then I began to explain to her and she literally thought I had lost my wits."
"We laughed about it later - but that night it was pretty horrendous. That's my story of R&R in Hawaii."
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BY DEAN RUSH syndicated: JUNE 04, 2020 last updated: JUNE 08, 2020