HE THOUGHT HIS NAME WAS GORDIE.....

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  1. rooter

    rooter *VMBB Senior Chief Of Staff*

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    Nearby my home there is a small shopping
    plaza--grocery
    store, several video rental shops, barber and
    hair
    stylist, a McDonald's. Here in the desert
    southwest,
    there is a need for drinking water and
    ice---yup, even in
    the winter. Yesterday the temp clocked in at
    almost
    eighty degrees, while areas throughout the
    country was
    barely into the single digits. That's the name
    of the
    franchise store I'm going to tell you
    about--WATER 'N
    ICE. The owner has asked me to work for
    her--the young
    school kids she hires, don't have much tact
    with the
    older customers. I was there yesterday helping
    her to
    see if I wanted to wade in and go back to work
    again. I'm
    fully retired now and comfortable with
    it--every now and
    then I get to chasing cars but so what--don't
    all old
    retirees? Around at the various stores in the
    plaza,
    they hire the handicapped, be it physical or
    mental
    impairments. Bagging groceries, cleaning up
    messes,
    rounding up the shopping carts. I had seen
    this
    particular man a number of times--I just
    assumed he
    worked thereabouts, however I had never
    actually seen him
    do anything--just wander around. You could tell
    he had
    problems--I had never talked with him, but
    somehow it
    just seemed obvious--problems. Yesterday he
    come into
    the water and ice store--he went right over to
    the shaved
    ice machine--selected the bottle of red syrup
    and
    commenced to methodically blend himself a
    drink.
    Sarah,the shop owner, my potential new boss,
    said
    "John, this is a customer who comes in every
    day and
    makes himself a cherry slush--he does it
    himself--he's
    very careful and we never charge him". Sarah
    was
    describing to me as if she was talking about a
    child--I
    walked over to where the fellow was diligently
    working
    and stuck out my hand --"hi there--I'm John--I
    might
    start to work here soon". The hand that was
    offered
    back to me was very limp--nothing--no
    feeling--no
    grip--looking into the mans very sunbrowned
    face was like
    looing into the face of a brown teddy
    bear--dull,
    lusterless eyes stared out at me--reminded be
    of the
    buttons sewn onto the face of a brown teddy
    bear--.
    "Lo", he muttered in a toneless voice, "I'm
    Gordie". There was a pause--those lifeless,
    coloreless eyes stared out at me--"I think", he

    continued. He let go of my hand and completly
    unconcerned, went back to building his treat.
    I watched
    him. He chewed rythmically on the tip of his
    tounge as
    he worked --his glazed looking eyes watching
    the motions
    of his suntanned hands. He finished his chore,
    placed a
    cover over his sweet smelling slush, and
    departed without
    another word. I turned toward
    Sarah--what--why--how?
    Sarah told me that his name was indeed
    Gordie--that he
    lived with his aged mother nearby--a wounded
    Navy Veteran
    she thought from the Vietnam war--. He wandered

    continually throughout the little shopping
    center
    aimlessly, only returning to his home at dark.
    His
    mother would go around to all of the
    establishments on a
    regular basis and settle Gordies accounts--that
    even
    included a big business like McDonald's. I
    kind'a laughed
    when she told me about Gordies haircuts--every
    now and
    then he'd venture into and climb up in an empty
    barbers
    chair--if he was getting shaggy, Tim or John
    would shear
    him and send him on his way. I suppose there
    are
    newcomers who may run into Gordie and be
    alarmed at his
    'devil-may-care' lifestyle. Today, as I write
    this, I
    kinda reflect how kind fate was to most of
    us--many times
    we may have been bracketed with arty rounds or
    heard the
    incoming rockets flopping as they passed us
    by--Gordie is
    another story--what the hell is he going to do
    when his
    Mom can no longer care for him--I've made up my
    mind if I
    do go to work for Sarah, I don't need the
    income--I think
    in lieu of wages being paid to me for my
    services, that
    I'll have Sarah take those amount and get
    things for the
    nearby Vets Hospital--books, games,
    crafts--cards and
    dice you suggest--probably not those and no
    way--no
    PLAYBOY subscriptions--golf and boating
    magazines
    instead--yup, that's what I'm going to tell
    Sarah I want
    to do with the wages. Goodnight Gordie, where
    ever the
    hell you are--I wasn't picking on you by
    telling the
    troops about you--bet you were a good troop
    when your
    eyes saw things differently.
    WILBORN
  2. inplanotx

    inplanotx New Member

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    Great story Sr. Chief, thanks for sharing. It sounds like a wonderful thing to do. When I was active in the Am. Legion at Post 35 in Chandler, we, along with the ladies Aux. would go to the VA Hospital and bring them magazines and books and anything else we could think of to help them. By the way, I'm still a member down there and stop in when I go there on business. We have a plant on Bell and 10th!
  3. rooter

    rooter *VMBB Senior Chief Of Staff*

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    Well Hey---next time you are in the valley, give me a call---I live at the intersection of 59th Avenuce and Olive/Dunlap---623 9396538. You are very weclome and we can share some yarns. Chief
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    inplanotx New Member

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    Many thanks, Sr. Chief. Will do. Would love to meet you. Semper Fi.
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