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Re: Time Out !
In Response To: Time Out ! ()

To Mr Smith,

I readily admit Mr. Smith that I do stand on your shoulders, your contributions and achievements have given me a chance to compete and win. I to am a veteran, an Army paratrooper most of my military career. I have served with the 82nd Airborne Division; I have combat service with 1st Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment, 75th Ranger Regiment and the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. I have been awarded the Bronze Star, two awards of the Combat Infantrymen’s Badge, two gold stars added to my parachutist wings to signify a jump into combat twice, Grenada in ‘83 and Panama in ‘89. I could not have accomplished this had it not been for your distinguished and exemplary service.

I want you to realize sir, that on my shoulders stand my Son, Christopher Miles Davis Dorty. I do not know the path in life he will take. I know that the ground beneath his feet is solid, because it is the dirt of my shoulders and they are broad and strong; because they have been shaped and packed down by men like you; but the Race is not finished. I am ahead of the pack because of the smooth exchange of the baton between you and I, but my son and a host of others like him are waiting in anticipation at the mark of the next leg. I must give my son a smooth pass, every opportunity that would lead to victory. He himself will not break victories tape, it will be another on his team on a mark well ahead of him and long after he has run his “leg”. Last Tuesday my son started kindergarten, I was there with him. I heard one of his friends comment, “Your dad is Big”, (he meant tall, a great many of you know that I am a recent cancer survivor and there is nothing big about me). He then said, “My Dad was in the Army”. My son looked back and pointed at me and said, “My Dad was too, he was a Ranger”. At five years of age my son has some understanding of the achievements and contributions of my life. If my son must live by any code or standard of life, let it be by solid convictions and not loose preferences. The foundation of his stance must not be built of the straw of ego and pride, but the brick and mortar of conviction, a belief in the absolute truth of that which he stands for. It will fair well for him, anchor him when the world betrays and crumbles around him, friends shrink from him, love ones abandon him, when he must stand alone, by himself.

With a sound mind and an understanding of your own mortality you suggest that the twilight of your years is upon you and it is time to leave us with a record of your struggles, triumphs and victories, a glimpse at a better than even chance to live a victorious life. I am grateful to you for your sacrifice. I will take that change and pass it on to my son. You see Mr. Smith; I am the rung above you in the “Great Ladder of Our Race”, my son has his foot on me. He is beginning his climb to his place on the ladder.

The sun sets high in the middle of the sky over the path I must follow in life; it rise’s in the east and bathes my sons future with brilliant light.

You are much admired and deeply appreciated….


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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