{Husband's Letter}

Tuesday, July 03, 2012



Dear 93 year old man, when you came into the ER I noticed you were wearing a hat with a B-24 Liberator on it. My eyes lit up as I realized I was in the presence of a WWII veteran. We talked for what seemed like hours (that's about 10 minutes in the ER). You told me that you were a bomber pilot specifically on submarine duty, and that you knew of Louis Zamperini and his odyssey. You also shared with me this pilot training video you are in. I meet all types of people in the ER. Sometimes I come across men like you who help me more than I help them. Stories are some of my favorite gifts to receive. Thank you for blessing me with yours.

Over and out,
Tim

6 comments:

jackie said...

what an honor, to be able to meet a man like him. and i'm sure he loved running into someone who really cares about his story and is grateful to men like him! you probably made his day a thousand times better too :)

Shannon Essad said...

I volunteer at a nursing home once a week and the stories the residents share are the highlights of my visits. They bless me more than I could ever bless them :)

Papa said...

Em's grandpa Bob would have loved you more than you will ever know. Thank you for being such a sensitive soul to those you meet.

Miss Kik said...

My Grandpa Leroy was on a sub-chaser in WWII and is so passionate about keeping his war stories alive. I have hours of them on my ipod that he has recorded. Thank you, Tim, for taking the time to listen. Sometimes people forget that they are living history!

Anonymous said...

I watched the Louis Zamperini report and it is so touching. I don't know if I send you this before, but I have to think about this a lot also:
http://pinterest.com/pin/84231455500168673/
My dad is 75 and used to tell us stories from war and how he as a child lived in these times.
Katharina

Cassandra said...

Unbroken, the story of Louis Zamperini by Laura Hillenbrand is one of the best books I've ever read. I still think about Louis weekly, and wonder how he is. What a gift you received in meeting that patient!

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