SWEET TEA

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Thinking.

I've been thinkin' and that can lead to all sorts of places, and today it led me down a nostalgic path.  I was thinking about times past.  Waaay past.  Would you like to hear some things that happened a very long time before I was "Sweet Tea"?  High School days. I told you you it was a very long time ago.

I once dated a very handsome young football player who was an "older man" - he was a Senior while I was a Junior.  He was quite the handsome guy.  Oh, I think I mentioned the handsome part before.  *wink*   We went out a couple of times.  I was nervous and giggly.  He was cool and far more "street wise" than me.  I found him fascinating and a little mysterious.  There were really never any sparks between us, rather, just a couple of fun dates.  Still, it's fun to reminisce.

There was another young guy, yet again, a year older than me.  He had reddish hair and blue eyes.  He blushed easily and was soft spoken.  He had a car and drove me home from school several times.  I thought we were just friends, until some friends told he he "liked me".  I was clueless until then.  I stopped accepting his offers for rides home from school at that point.  I figured it was easier to avoid him that it would be to say no if he asked me out.

I always replay these scenarios in my mind on Memorial Day.  How could I have known I was in the presence of a true hero when I was with each of these young guys. You see each of them was drafted into the military and sent to Vietnam upon graduating from high school.  Neither of them came home to see another Oklahoma sunrise or to reconnect with old high school friends.  Gone to soon.

Robert Tuell and Gary Dasher.
"Thank you for your sacrifice."



10 comments:

Linda said...

No, we do not know when heroes or angels touch us. Have a great holiday weekend, looks like a nice one here, weather is beautiful.

Susie said...

That is a touching post. It's good you remember . That's why looking at the Vietnam wall is so hard...you see the names ,so many names. You know most were just young boys out of high school. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Cheri said...

What a nice tribute to two fallen soldiers. We never know where our paths will take us and to whom we shall encounter. God Bless all those before and now who have helped keep us safe and free.

Margie said...

Thanks for sharing this lovely post.
Remembering all those heroes that 'never returned' on this Memorial Day weekend.
My husband is a vet and I thank him every day for his service.

Simply Linda said...

What a touching post. I can't begin to tell you how much the military means to us, my husband is a former Marine..Blessings

Laurie M said...

such a beautiful post,

Shirley Sue said...

Awwww...a wonderful way to pay tribute to some really sweet and heroic young men. They had to be sweet yo have cared for you.

acorn hollow said...

Such a sad and sweet story. We were lucky they stopped the draft the year before we graduated from school. (My husband's year) So I am blessed to not know a single soul who did not come home from Vietnam
Cathy

yaya said...

What a touching and lovely reminder of the this special weekend. I'm so thankful for all who served...Have a nice day of remembering old friends. I too, have memories of high school and young men who never returned. Thankfully both my brothers did.

nancygrayce said...

What a sweet tribute to two young men who gave all for our country!

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