Who stopped Payment on My Reality Check?  

heavn1 55F
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8/29/2006 9:38 pm

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8/31/2006 8:03 pm

Who stopped Payment on My Reality Check?

Hi again all yall. Sunday evening found me in my car driving to Tennessee. I've always loved driving, and a few years ago, I could spend days on the road, just cruising around and looking at everything I possibly could. The small, old-fashioned Mom and Pop stops are still one of my favorites to this day.

While on my excursion, I stopped in at a few of my old haunts in Clarksville. I renewed old friendships, had some out-of-this-world coffee, and remembered a lot of old memories. I don't remember everything, nobody does, yet driving past the university I first graduated from, I felt time slipping backwards. I remembered working in the computer lab, flinging my algebra book down into 'the bowl' (understand, the bowl is a very large sunken area in the middle of campus) and how it sailed across during midterms. I remembered my statistics teacher and how he made us laugh by dressing in clothing that shot everyone back to the late 1950s. Wow...where did the time go? And I noticed then that as much as everything had changed in and around town, it had somehow managed to stay the same.

While driving back to my hotel, I was at Starbuck's (like I said before, I love my coffee) and saw a group of soldiers. Clarksville is home to the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) and several units are coming home from Iraq. This group was no different. There was still sand on their boots, dust in the BDUs, and a look that makes the statement 'pure joy' pale, in their eyes. I thought then that for the first time, after all the deployments and FTX's and such, that if anyone truly understands the phrase 'it's so good to be home', it is these soldiers. Men and women, who go where they're told when they're told, and risk their lives for freedoms we have all taken for granted. All of a sudden, I felt so very humbled and grateful to them all. And yes, I bought them all their coffees and thanked them for what they do.

I concluded my business in Tennessee and left this morning, feeling much more enlightened about life and gratitude and my own abilities. See, I grew up knowing what I wanted to be, what profession I wanted. I chose my friends, I worked where I wanted, I made my own choices. And not everybody gets those luxuries.

And when I got home, I made myself a big ol' pot of coffee and drank to those brave people who let me have the opportunities to make the choices I have, and for the choices I've yet to make.


~Heavn


rm_happyjack585 54M

8/31/2006 4:13 pm

As a vet and coffee drinker, I'd like to give you a big Kudos for treating those soldiers. Unfortunately some times it does take a get-away for us to slow down and remember those things that we often take for granted. Although with the amount of coffee you seem to be drinking, do you ever slow down??
J.


heavn1 55F

8/31/2006 8:03 pm

Slow down? What? And chance missing something?!?! hehehe

~Heavn


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