SoCs – The Veteran on Remembrance Day

“I’m a mean, old guy that likes to give this young lady here a hard time! Gotta watch her closely! She’ll trick ya!” An elderly man joked out loud in front of the rest of the customers this evening.

The customers stared at the man looking momentarily confused. Breaking my train of concentration and focus, I look up from the checkout screen. I greet him with one of my big smiles!

He is wearing his trademark veteran’s cap, blue jeans, and a simple t-shirt. I reassured the other customers, “No, this is Jay and he’s one of the sweetest customers I ever had! This is a regular game we play.”

“HEY! You’re wrecking my tough image here, Sa! I’m not sweet at all!” Jay leaned in and winked. He is beaming. His soft spoken wife smiles with embarrassment and continues her payment.

A customer behind him yells aloud, “Why, if it isn’t our neighbor Jay! Kids say hello to Jay!” A little boy and girl waved.

“HEY!” Jay greets them with enthusiasm. The children are grinning from ear to ear.

A few customers come up to him and thanked him profusely for his service. He responded, “I would do it all over again in a heart beat!”

He waved at me. “BYE SA! Remember… I’m a MEAN guy!” He winked at me and left with his wife.

His neighbor told me the story of how he met his wife. She was in a serious car accident. Jay saw a stranger in need, and took her to the hospital. He stayed with her and took care of her. They began to fall in love and stayed together ever since.

I cried from this beautiful story.  Jay’s always in service even when he’s retired.

Happy Veterans Day everyone! I will keep many individuals in my thoughts.

In response to:

  • Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Prompt: Meanstream-of-consciousness-saturday-2018-19

14 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    Lovely post. Thanks for sharing

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  2. Sana says:

    This made me smile, Sa! 🙂

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    1. theresaly520 says:

      Jay always cracks me up! Most veterans always joke with me. I get the feeling they see me as their granddaughter or something. 🙂

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      1. Sana says:

        Ooh wow. That must feel so nice. 😊

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    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you Cindy! 🙂


  3. What a touching story thank you for sharing this! Every day I thank those and their families for the men and women that serve to protect our country, our rights, and our freedoms.

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    1. theresaly520 says:

      You are awesome, Jenna! Veterans need so much appreciation and love! A lot of these little things and gestures do add up. A caring community really helps them. ❤

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      1. Absolutely, I agree! ❤️


    1. theresaly520 says:

      Yes! That love story at the end made me feel wonderful for many reasons. A lot was going though my mind when I cried too… 🙂

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  4. Jules says:

    Lovely story. Thank you for sharing.
    I talk with a Vet who is 95 – his wife is gone now over 20 years and he still speaks fondly of her.

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    1. theresaly520 says:

      That’s beautiful Jules! I hear stories like that and it amazes me. They speak about their loved ones as if it were just yesterday. ❤

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  5. Hairstyles says:

    You could definitely see your expertise within the paintings you write. The world hopes for more passionate writers such as you who are not afraid to say how they believe. At all times go after your heart.


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