Veteran's Voice

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Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 at 9:56 PM

When my unit was being deployed out of Camp Shelby, Mississippi, like most military installations they had food service people responsible for deliveries.

These well-intentioned people would consistently get lost on post, or simply by the time they got to where the food was ordered the soldier who ordered the food would have left. Now, there is this poor delivery person with all the food. They need to make money off of it or it will come out of their check. More times than not they would just drive around and ask any random person they saw outside and ask if they would like the food at a discounted price.

For some reason I had the uncanny ability to attract these poor lost souls in a matter of minutes after stepping out of my building. It got to the point where every time my team and I were working late or doing some other type of activity after the chow hall had been closed, they would say, “Tubby, I’m hungry. Go outside, and get me a pizza or something.”

So I would go outside and after five minutes of waiting, one of the lost delivery drivers would pull up and offer me discounted pizza or some kind of food. I would purchase it and everyone would win.

I tried to play it off, saying, “Oh I am just lucky,” or “It would happen to anybody.”

Being the bored soldiers that we were, we would put it to the test. Gerry would stand outside and no one would pass. Troy and Nacho would and they would also have no luck.

But every time I would step out, it was within five minutes that there would be food. We deemed it “Tubby’s Gift.”

That is just one of my funny little stories from my deployment, and throughout the semester, I will continue to share them as I can recall them.

Also, we have all returned from a long winter break, which can be a tough time for a lot of people. I wanted to talk about being present, allowing yourself to feel the moment. It is okay for you to feel happy or joyous. It is also okay for you to feel sad or upset. It is when you dwell on those things or focus too hard on future or past events that you develop issues. So take a moment wherever you are and just take it in for a second. I happen to have the pleasure of coaching my sons’ youth wrestling team.

I paused last Sunday at one of the many novice tournaments I have attended this season. I just looked around and the range of emotions I saw was astounding. Kids were elated in victory and crying with the agony of defeat. I saw this one kid come off the mat crying because he lost, only to go back out the next match, win by a pin and act like he had just won the NCAA title.

That is what I’m talking about; the child was upset, felt that, and then moved on. Next time up, he did better, was elated, felt that, and moved on.

I am not saying to just get over everything and move on. What I am saying is it is okay to stop and feel exactly what you are feeling and take note of it. Tomorrow’s problems will still be there and the memories of the past will still be there as well.

George Schmidt is a Staff Writer for The Spectator.

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