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    Default Do You Know "Randall" ?

    Well, my new friend "Randall" came into the store again yesterday. As we chatted a bit, I glanced at his cart. There were two bananas, a package of plastic coathangers, and a large bag of quarters in the seating area of the cart. Randall had apparently robbed his piggy bank to do a little shopping when I spotted him eyeballin' the Wahlburger burger patties. Judging by the number of quarters in that bag, I knew he could not afford those burgers. I said, "C'mon - let's get you something for a good dinner." Randall hesitated (his pride was showing), but I assured him that I had a little extra $$ and that I was glad to share with a fellow veteran. I told my awesome crew that I would be gone a few minutes helping Randall navigate the store. He picked out a package of burger patties, then we made our way to the deli nearby. "You want some cheese for those ?" My sweet co-worker sliced him a bit of his favorite - baby swiss. Randall was smiling now, like a kid at Christmas. "You have any buns for those burgers ?" Randall shook his head. We slowly walked over to a display and I picked out a package of nice Brioche buns for his burgers. "You need some more fruit, man ?" Randall shook his head... telling me about his digestive issues. I didn't press for details. "What about something kind of healthy for breakfast to go with those bananas, like yogurt or something ?". Turns out he likes plain Danon yogurt. Knowing he has mobility issues, I said, "You wait here and look around to see if there's anything else you need - I'll go get the yogurt." Off to the opposite end of the store I go, get the yogurt, plop it in his cart, and he seems satisfied with this new-found bounty... then it was off to the checkout line.

    My new friend suffered some horrific injuries when his Jeep rolled over on him in South Korea many years ago. Turns out we were stationed on Okinawa around the same time, but only crossed paths some forty years later. He is mostly paralyzed on his right side, his speech slurred badly from a closed-head injury. His only excercise, it seems, is coming to our store to walk around a bit. He carries a piece of paper explaining his disabilities to others so he doesn't have to recite the list of ailments to all that he meets. Randall is proud of his service, and wears his scars like a badge of honor. Some folks look at him with disdain or pity in their eyes - I see a very human hero, with a modesty befitting a wounded Marine.

    Do you know a "Randall" ? Have you thanked a veteran lately ? Have you shown compassion for those less fortunate ? Have you really counted your blessings ? I have. I challenge you all to befriend a Randall. Look around you. The "Randalls" are everywhere if you only allow your heart to guide you. His body is wrecked but his Semper Fi pride is intact. A most deserving man of meager means that could only afford a couple of bananas... how could I not escort him to the checkout line ? I paid for those few items and told him to put away that bag of quarters. With his good left arm, he extended a hand and offered a heartfelt "Semper Fi" before limping out of the store. He was not expecting this encounter, but I knew in my heart it was the right thing to do.

    Do you know a "Randall" ? Have you thanked a veteran lately ? Have you showed compassion for those less fortunate ? Have you really counted your blessings ? I have. I challenge you all to befriend a Randall. Look around you. The "Randalls" are everywhere, if you only allow your heart to guide you.


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    God bless you CP .

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    Quote Originally Posted by bambam View Post
    God bless you CP .

    Dude, I'm already blessed. I have a nice life, a hot wife, and a service heart with a special place for my fellow vets - especially folks like Randall. He does not expect anything more from me than a bit of conversation. Our friendship is my reward.

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    Randall has many names. Randall looks stellar for a Korean war vet.

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