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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

What Makes a Hero?

Is it good intentions? A valiant effort? Or must success dictate heroism?
u>Our Littlest Hero.
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Picklebee (Little Lloyd) and Drama Queen (LLacie)

Recently my grandson, Gene, was doing some mechanic work underneath his pickup truck and had foolishly neglected safety practises. His 7 year old son, "Picklebee", was squatting nearby observing his father at work. Like many small boys, Picklebee's army sgt. father is his idol and hero and he tags after Gene where ever he goes.

Suddenly the jack slipped and the truck fell, pinning Gene beneath the undercarriage and the concrete of the driveway. He began to scream in shock and pain.

Little Picklebee was terrified ofcourse and wept in terror, but he did not dissolve into helpless tears nor run away. Instead he struggled mightily to lift the truck from his father's body. He strained with all his little 7 year old strength to save his father. Finally, realizing that his efforts were futile, he ran to the house to get his mother. Heavily pregnant with their third child, she went into hysterics.

Gene and Monica own a home on an acre+ plot but fortunately a neighbor was not too far away to witness the accident and hear Gene's screams. He ran to help, called 911, jacked the truck up to relieve the pressure on Gene and tried to calm Monica. Gene was life flighted to a major trauma hospital 150 miles away. Miraculously, he suffered no broken bones nor internal injuries, just deep bruising.

Our little Picklebee failed in his determined and valiant efforts to rescue his Dad, but to us he is a hero. He maintained "courage under fire" and acted heroically.

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Gene did a year in Korea, 2 tours in Iraq without any physical injuries. Then could have maimed or killed himself with a foolish mistake. The Army has scheduled him for deployment to Afghanistan in the spring. Originally he was scheduled for a 3rd tod to Iraq but because of his stress related health problems the Army mercifully (?) decided to send him to Afghanistan instead.
Granny said...

Thanks for the update. I was wondering.

His little boy is a hero. I doesn't matter that he didn't succeed; only that he tried.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007 12:13:00 PM

ancient one said...

Hero for sure!!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007 9:24:00 PM

enigma4ever said...

The little Hero , of course would try to save his Big makes so much sense....and I am sorry he is to be re-deployed...and I am not so sure that Afgan is better...than Iraq....prayers to you and yours ...namaste...

Thursday, July 12, 2007 12:20:00 AM

Worried said...

Thank you for your kind comments. We are very proud of our little Picklebee, and so is his father who has promised to be more careful and be a better role model for his little shadow.

Thursday, July 12, 2007 2:05:00 AM



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