I noted right away that he was wearing a War Veterans ball cap and made a mental note to ask him what was he fought in. We were discussing if they would like coffee while they waited when they explained to me they had just taken their "break" at home before they came. (They stop what they are doing and come together to have coffee or some other liquid refreshment together!)
He started talking about how it saddens him that he is getting old enough that he needs to take these breaks. He mentioned that when he was in the Korean War, he would be out and about for hours and hours and hours and never once stop. (Mental note checked off.)
He went on to say that when he worked for Sidney Electric and Area Energy that he would work 9-10-11 hour days without batting an eye -- he would be tired when he got home, but he could handle it.
Whoa! I exclaimed -- you worked for Sidney Electric AND you were in the Korean War? You have to have known my daddy, Harold Goettemoeller. Did you?
Immediately, a smile crossed his face. "Oh, yes, I knew your dad. Very well. The old cuss!"
We proceeded to spend the next 5 or 10 minutes talking about Dad and his ornry ways at work. I mentioned to him that I have been having strong urges lately to "fix" signs (Dad was well known for "improving" signs to add things that were funny) -- and he chuckled all over again. He spoke of how he and dad used to spar over tractors (Dad was a to-the-bone John Deere guy -- nothing else; this man was an International Harvester guy.) He mentioned that he told Dad one time that he had a John Deere lawn mower and Dad said that he had come over to the John Deere side. The guy responded that he hadn't but.....John Deere was good at making lawn mowers but nothing bigger! LOL
I've been smiling since that conversation. I hope that gentleman has, too.
I've noticed that many times when people speak of my parents, a smile crosses their face.
I'm trying to live my life so that when I'm gone, the same thing happens. I hope I'm on the right path!