Bringing history into the future…

In the last few weeks, I’ve had a bit or a realization. My grandfather is ill, and a beloved former co-worker has passed away. Both are about the same age. I can’t help but feel that I have somehow wasted my time with them. My grand father (and also grandmother) are always asking to spend more time with me. As a married man working a fulltime job, it’s not as easy as it once was. My co-worked (Don) was always telling stories, and I’d often be too busy to listen. Hence the wasted time.
Both men served in World War II. To hear their stories from that war was to get a unique insight into history. My grandfather worked on bombers at the time, and I loved going to air shows with him and hearing his stories about pilots and those who didn’t make it back. He felt (and indeed still feels) that telling their tales to me helps carry their legacy into a generation that they never meet. He also tells stories about herding cattle and our our families ancestors.
Don would tell war stories as well. He’d also tell me stories about his father. I got a real sense of who he was and where he came from. I also got a sense of how things have changed in the industry over the years. It helps me to understand why some things are the way they are.
What to do? Well, I guess I’ll just pass the stories along. My time with Don, and what time I have left with my grandfather, are gifts and intend to use it well. I learned a lot from these men, and it’s on me to pass it down the line.


About faultcode113

I'm just a normal thirty something guy. Married with a house, tow cars, and one dog. I enjoy my work, but not always my job. I love to travel abroad, specifically the UK. I swear I was the tallest guy in Tokyo when I was there. I prefer reading to movies and tv. I prefer Sci-fi to most everything else. I feel it fits better as an escapist past time. I'm also a student of history. How can one learn from the past if they don't know anything about it? If this all seems rather random, it is. My life has been a series of free associations. I wouldn't have it any other way. If you like what I post, tell a friend. If you don't, tell a friend anyways. They might like it. FC113 View all posts by faultcode113

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