We all know the story behind the Great Wizard, there was that man behind the curtain. If you didn't read the book or see the movie, I am sorry if I just ruined it for you and I promise not to tell you how Titanic Ends.
Anyway, I thought I would let you all in on the man behind the curtain for me. My Grandfather. I could go into his accomplishments..(War Hero Pilot, Businessman, Husband, Father, etc) but that could be any thousands of men from his (The Greatest Generation)
So I will share some of his guidance that made me most of what and who I am.
Each lesson was part of some event in my life. I will be brief, but try to frame the scenario.
Trying to make something in his wood shop...and changing the blade on a saw
Uh, Gary. You might want to unplug that first.
Later when I was getting the stitches.....
Lets try some glue.
When I was contemplating joining the Active Army or the national guard. The Active Army meant post-poning
I guess with a 12th Grade Education, you can always teach 11th grade. ( I joined the guard and went to college)
Just one day, for no apparent reason....
Gary, did you hear about the cannibal who passed his friend in the forest?
When he was teaching me to drive his boat.
Which way is East (I correctly pointed) Which way is West ( Correct again) OK, remember, if you ever capsize, those two directions are nowhere nearly important as which way is UP!
When he was teaching me how to drive.
What is the following distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you at 40 MPH? ( I gave the standard 4 car lengths) Good, for your vehicle when you have A vehicle. So as long as you are driving MY vehicle lets try 8!
When he was teaching me about airplanes I asked "What if the wings fall off"?
Well in the unlikely event that happens, the wings will keep flying since they create the lift.
"And what happens to the people"?
They become congressmen!
And my all time favorite....
Upon the breakup with some girl I was dating....I thought my life was over.
You know, I only made one mistake in my life, .......but I get along with her pretty good!
My Grandfather served 27 years in the Military and when I joined in 1987, My CSM (Command Sergeant Major) had been his motor SGT and Aircraft mechanic. He saw me and called me aside. A Bone skinny 18 year old kid being summoned by the oldest and wisest ( And most powerful) NCO in the Battalion. I thought I was in deep. He put his hand on my shoulder and said.......
"If you are 1/3 the soldier your grandfather was, I am proud to have you....but if you are even half as funny, well never get any work done. So, since I know about the De Pury Wit, save it for lunch, as a favor to me."
My Grandfather has been gone almost 14 years and he still inspires and teaches me daily.
So there it is, the man behind the curtain.