Thursday, October 25, 2012
"A Moment of Truth"
I was just watching The Waltons on the Inspiration Channel. The program broke away for a commercial break. But, instead of still another drug commercial, or the promoting of a miracle face lift product, a short one minute video began to play out; a young soldier, dressed in cammies, walks into a cafe and walks up to the counter and orders a coffee. As he awaits his coffee the young soldier looks down the counter and sees an older man having coffee. The young soldier notices a tattoo on the older man's arm; a reminder of the older gent's Vietnam service.
The waitress hands the young soldier his coffee and says "no charge". The young soldier thanks her and retreats to a booth, and all the while the elderly gent has taken note of the free coffee, then eyes the mug he's just paid for himself. He turns back to look at the soldier in the booth and sees a young child run over to the young soldier and ask if his mom can take a picture of them both. This seems too much for the old vet to see and he turns back to the counter.
A few seconds later the child walks over to the old vet and asks if he can take a picture with him. The old Vet asks the kid how he knows he's also a vet. The child points back to the young vet still sitting in the booth, "he told me", he says. The old Vet then poses for a picture with the kid and says thank you.
Before the young soldier leaves he walks up and shakes hands with the old vet and says "thank you for your service". The old vet says "thank you for your support".
By this time I'm in tears. As a Vietnam vet I know what it was like back when America broke our hearts by making us the brunt of their rage against the war. I thought this video was such a lovely but simple way to express the hurt that millions of us Vietnam vets have carried around for years.
I saw that this commercial-free little video was made by the Inspiration Network through Moments.org. I then went to the computer and went to their site and found it chock full of wonderfully simple vignettes about love and life and sacrifice. If you're looking for a "human pick me up" I encourage you to visit Moments.Org for a good old fashioned dose of humanity.