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Service with a Smile World War II Style

Service with a Smile throughout life

This Memorial Day finds me a bit more pensive than usual. My dad, a World War II veteran, passed away last month. He rarely talked about his experiences in the war unless he was around his other Navy buddies. Dad always looked forward to what was coming up next. Even during the war, Dad smiled and kept a positive attitude. He gave his service with a smile. Here is a short tribute to an amazing life.

Service with a smile – The Greatest Generation

Dad finally did acquiesce to telling his story. I owe this to my dear friend Jon. He worked with the Library of Congress’s Veterans History project and sparked Dad’s interest in making sure his memories were not forgotten. Dad and a couple of his friends recorded his thoughts. There was about 15 hours of video. I trimmed it down a bit and ended up with an hour and half of Dad’s recollections of World War II.

I know this is due to my grandmother’s influence. She was a strong women. Not in the physical sense, but emotionally and spiritually. Arthritis racked her body from a young age causing her difficulty in many of the tasks others found simple; buttoning a shirt, sewing, knitting, quilting, cooking. Grandma rarely complained. One of her favorite sayings was, “Things fall into two categories, Things you can do something about and things you can’t. The first you just do it and move on. The second, you pray about it, give it to God and move on.” Grandma always gave the family service with a smile.

Things fall into two categories, Things you can do something about and things you can't. The first you just do it and move on. The second, you pray about it, give it to God and move on. Click To Tweet
Service with a Smile in spite of the price.

World War II

Growing up, I got a dose of positive attitude and discipline from them both. No matter what happens, whatever life throws at you, try to give your service with a smile. And remember those that gave you the freedoms you enjoy today.

Are You Prepared?

It’s the day before Thanksgiving.  Are you prepared?  Getting the food, cooking, cleaning the house, and all the sundry tasks included in readiness.  Life is always throwing in a curve ball, change-up, a wrench in the works, a sticky wicket, a spanner in the works, or whatever your colloquial phrase might be.  As I was leaving work yesterday, my brother calls and informs me that dad going to the hospital.  He’s almost 92 and has been going downhill since we lost mom a few years ago. They enjoyed over 50 years of marriage. He was awake and alert when the ambulance picked him up, but was having trouble breathing.  Turns out he has blood clots in both lungs.  The docs put him on blood thinners and are watching him in ICU.  He may spend Thanksgiving in the hospital. Both he and my grandmother always told me that things fall into two categories.  Things you can do something about and things you can’t.  If you can do something about it, do it and move on.  If you can’t do anything about, pray about give it to God and move on.  Their example has helped me to live a mostly stress free life.  That’s not say I don’t worry about things ever, but it’s usually very short-lived.  I’m not here to pound you into submission and make you believe in God, Allah, Buddha, Ganesha, Vishnu or anything else.  That is a very personal choice.  All I can do is be the example my parents and grandparents set for me. Whatever this Thanksgiving holds, I will be thankful. Whatever your beliefs or non-belief, are you prepared?