May I share a story? KINDA LONG!!!!
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|Sat, 05-10-2003 - 2:39am|
I wear a silver bracelet every day 24/7 that I talked him out of. Why ? Because it's got so much history in it that I felt I needed to have it! Not because it reminds me of him but, because it is a piece of each of us !
So... Here goes. He(XOM)worked in a liquor store for quite sometime. There was an old haggered looking man that came in every night. This man lived on the street and panhandled for enough money to buy a 24 oz.bottle of beer each evening. One night he showed up with no cash, in need of his beer. He bartered for it! He offered to trade my XOM a silver bracelet he was wearing as collateral for that bottle of beer. My X said "okay". He wore that bracelet to work every day for 6 months waiting for this man to return so he could give it back!!! He never returned.
This silver bracelet is a Native American Storyteller Bracelet!!! And the guy told him this story....
He was serving in the U.S. military during the Vietnam war. His best friend and he were paratroopers. His best friend had hand crafted this bracelet before they left for jump school. Wore it on every mission. On one terrible day they jumped out of their plane and into a jungle! The friend who made the bracelet was shot and as he died he gave this bracelet to his best friend and did so with faith. Faith that the best friend would return from this war unharmed. He did! He also wore that bracelet in honor! For 30+ years! Then he TRADED IT FOR 1 BOTTLE OF BEER! He did put it in the hands of a scoundrel! But, it was a scoundrel with much honor, one who himself had been a paratrooper and had fought in the Lebanese war. Without choice! And one who was having an affair with a LADY who recognized the value of the PAIN all these men suffered! FOR US!
Did this alcoholic do the right thing trading this much cherished bracelet for a bottle of beer? Yes and No.
I have it, and have already found out much of it's history all by myself! Did my XOM do right trading him? I believe YES! He did so with honor and passed it on to me. I will always cherish it! I have yet to find the rightful owner, which is the family, but, I will!It represents so much to me! It is a piece of AMERICAN HISTORY! And I believe it was put on my wrist for a very specific reason.
So, there is a moral to my story! I hope I didn't ramble too much! But, the moral is one I leave to each of you to decide for yourselves! I will be very interested to hear what you all think it is. Ha, the everloving challenge! I think there are many ! So, help me hear????