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Note to self: no whining, no slacking
Last night I got a call. The caller ID said "County, Rutherford" (A county here in North Carolina) and I thought to myself, "It must be for Allie, there's no one in Rutherford County I want to talk to!" I was mistaken. It was a guy named Ronnie Bailey who went through Marine Corps boot camp in Parris Island with me back in 1984! I was shocked. What really surprised me, though, was how well I remembered him and how pleased I was to talk to him.

I asked Allie after the call, "I wonder why it was so 'thrilling' for me to hear from him?" Her response was insightful, and probably should have been obvious to me, though it wasn't. "It's part of your identity, it's part of who you are!" And, she is dead on with that. I've even posted about how that short period of my life from 14 March through 12 June, 1984, so totally changed my life; changed nearly everything about me. He just called me back a few minutes ago because he was at work last night, got busy, and had to hang up. He works at the local sheriff's office. Law enforcement is a more common career path following the Corps, but I'm glad to be where I am.

He misses it more than me, I think. We were in during a lull in world events, between Lebanon and Iraq. Believe it or not, that's always been a regret for me as well, having not "seen action" after training so much for it. But, I've moved on and the wisdom of maturing has shown me that I was better off to miss "action" as it were. I was changed enough; too much, in some ways.

It's amazing and intriguing how you get a phone call like that. Someone lightly waves their fingers through your mind, stirring up memories like so much sediment in a long stagnant pond. I'll be deep in cloudy thoughts for days before they settle again. And it feels good, like the strength I felt after those hard runs and rope climbs. Yeah, I think, I did that!

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dancingwaves From: dancingwaves Date: July 20th, 2005 06:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's awesome :) I'm glad that a phone call could remind you that you are able to do all of those things :)
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: July 22nd, 2005 11:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
...were able to do all those things! ;-)
brknconfidents From: brknconfidents Date: July 20th, 2005 11:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's pretty cool. I wonder who, if anyone, would call me if they could? I'm glad you have good memories of your accomplishments while you were in the Marines...you should...that was some hard junk you had to do.
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: July 22nd, 2005 11:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure someone out there would love to call and talk to you. Likewise, if there are people like that in your life, I would encourage you to call them. It is a wonderful experience! (said with a lithp)
bd1 From: bd1 Date: July 21st, 2005 03:09 am (UTC) (Link)
It's wonderful to connect with friends you haven't seen in a long time. So many memories...
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: July 22nd, 2005 11:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is. It gets your brain churning in a different way than normal. It changes perspectives, sheds light, and refreshes both good and bad times (which, fortunately for us, are never remembered as severely as when they happened.)
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