Sixth Sense!

Send Get Well CardsRon’s uncle was deployed in Iraq, was wounded, and now recuperating at the Veteran’s Hospital. We went around for a visit and were taken aback by the scene. They were in pain, but brave enough to hide it. It’s not the physical pain that struck me, but the loneliness. That resulted in them being a grouch. Steve’s uncle was irritated and easily frustrated. He complained about anything and everything. I decided I shouldn’t judge him by what he says, but from where he was and why he is here. I made an effort to be nice and gave him flowers. It was his birthday.

Kong took a liking to him and would stay by him all the time making faces, placing his paws high on his chest and surprisingly he was the only one who escaped the soldier’s ire. I thought it was best to let him be with him and Kong readily agreed with a nod. Good for him! When we were making our way out, Steve’s uncle was breaking his façade of and petting the dog with all his heart and Kong was devouring the attention. They looked a happy family full of smiles. Strange are the ways of the world!

I still remember watching ‘Apocalypse Now’ and was taken aback by what war does to people. Steve’s uncle is a living example of that.

It makes me wonder, why we as civilized people who talk of goodness, discipline, care, so much and so on end up killing each other in the name of religion, material wealth and sometimes jus’ in spite.

Kong doesn’t do that. He doesn’t kill no one. Yes, he defends when attacked, but never offends.

Is it we who have the sixth sense, or is it he?


2 thoughts on “Sixth Sense!

  1. Hi Bob, I read your weekly Newsletter for a long time and I find it so intersting and inspirirng. Iread it every morning before my daily work in my office. Now, I am susbcribe to your Blog and it is great to read about your experiences and feelings that are common to many people or could be a lesson to be learnt. I am not american and I don`t live in the U.S. but I’ve been there three times , once living for a couple of months and visit my favorite city, New York, so I certainly understand your articles. Thank your for sharing it with us.

  2. B. This is my favorite story by you, from your “Say, ‘Hello’ World”.
    I have to admit, that I do read it over and over again. I am obsessed with it.
    You are a magician with words! thank you, hugs & kisses, L.

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