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November 11, 2009 – ‘Reveille’ Nouveau

There was something beyond words, when I eavesdropped on the reuiniting of husband and wife at Heartland Healthcare. Choked me up, and made me see myself in years to come. He called on his 2-way radio, he hollered for help for his comrades. He low crawled into enemy lines, leaving a trail of blood with each exertion. He repeated it over and over and over. And then, on no particular day, he was back and he would smile at me.

4:00 a.m. and the restlessness sets in, indicated by stirring, scratching, stretching. By 4:30 the roosters are exercising their lungs, beginning their morning wake up ritual. “Hello?” replaces the ‘err a-err a-errr!!’. It starts quietly, one by one, by 5:00 they are in full voices. “Hello? Hello?? HELLO!!!” “Here.” “Here!!!” “HERE!!!!” As a neighbor, I …

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