John Rodgers Field 1943 My Dad was stationed here during WWII with VR-12

I Didn’t Do Anything Extraordinary…

A couple of weeks ago I was visiting my parents. I was sitting with my Dad discussing finances and going through some of his mementos from his life he was giving me. Suddenly he said, “I didn’t do anything extraordinary in the service”. That got me me to thinking about his whole life and here is what found.

No Dad you didn’t do anything extraordinary in the service. You just put your life on hold from 1942–1946 (age 22–26) to make sure your country stayed free. You had no idea where you would have been stationed. You could have ended up on an aircraft carrier (he was an Aviation Machinists Mate 1st Class) or on a land base in the Pacific or at home. Some of those options could have killed you. Turns out you end up in Hawaii at John Rodgers Field working on planes that ferried the injured back to hospitals in Hawaii or the mainland. No Dad you didn’t do anything extraordinary.

No Dad you didn’t do anything extraordinary after the war other than come back and go straight to work to make up for last time. You worked for that company nearly 40 years. No Dad you didn’t do anything extraordinary.

No Dad you didn’t do anything extraordinary but in 1956 you married my mother and have been loyal to her since. As of this December it will be 59 years. I would say that is pretty extraordinary in this day and age. No Dad you didn’t do anything extraordinary.

No Dad you didn’t do anything extraordinary. However, you made sure that we had a family vacation every year. Made sure we went to church every Sunday and learned the value of a job.

No Dad you didn’t do anything extraordinary other than make sure my sister and I received a college education. By the way we were the first to complete our degrees in your extended family or my mothers because of you and Mom. No Dad you didn’t do anything extraordinary.

No Dad you didn’t do anything extraordinary but when the time came you let us find our way in the world even though it meant that I moved to Alaska and my sister moved to Texas. But you were there when we needed advice especially when I became President of our local teachers union. No Dad you didn’t do anything extraordinary.

No Dad you didn’t do anything extraordinary but made me work with your every Saturday around the house. By doing that you instilled in me the work ethic I have today and the ability to fix most things around the house. At the time I thought I was being punished but nowI know better. No Dad you didn’t do anything extraordinary.

No Dad you didn’t do anything extraordinary when you took my sister and her child in after her divorce and raise her son as your own. All this at the start of your retirement years. You did the same things with him as you did me and now he is raising a family and has a good job as a mining geologist (with a degree) in Nevada. No Dad you didn’t do anything extraordinary.

No Dad You Didn’t Do Anything Extraordinary. Up until recently you still helped Mom around the house with repairs, cleaning and cooking. That only stopped due to some health issues you are having. I know you are frustrated at not still be able to help…but that’s OK. It’s time to rest. No Dad you didn’t do anything extraordinary.

No Dad You Didn’t Do Anything Extraordinary…You Did Everything Extraordinary. Thank You For That.