John

John

A Story by Wild Rose
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True story . Found in an old file

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John: I met John in the works canteen. He came in with two other workers, one of them helped him into a seat; the other man went to the servery and began collecting three meals helped by another worker, who just happened to be in the queue at that time. When John was seated the first man went over to the servery and helped bring their food over; One of them then proceeded to cut up Johns food, He had a strange shaped spoon and a pusher to eat with.

Johns arms were twisted, his hands were also misshaped. Johns face showed the marks left by the various surgeons, and the skin grafts, his mouth had a sort of sneer or smile. When his cap was removed for him he had no hair to one side of his scalp neither had he any eyebrows. Actually on first appearance he looked grotesque. The three of them ate their food quietly and left, as they did so John said “See you tomorrow” turned and left.

For the next few weeks John and his companions came and sat with me for lunch. Then one day one of John’s companions turned and came back to the table. “You haven’t asked about John’s disablement? He asked,

No! I replied “I was not sure how to ask, by his face he looks to have been in a very bad accident or something, I have wondered”

“John was in the 8th Army, he was a tank driver in the Desert Campaign the tank hit a landmine, they managed to get him out, badly burnt and serious physical injuries. They didn’t think he could recover; they ignored his limbs just concentrated on keeping him alive. That’s the way things were, they had so many to treat”

“Thanks for telling me; I won’t say anything unless John does, it’s good that they can find work which he can do”

John did begin to talk to me during our lunch time meetings, bur never mentioned his injuries nor how he came to get them, actually nothing about the war at all. Possibly it is all something he would wish to be able to forget.

Wild Rose 
May 2019

© 2019 Wild Rose


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Maybe those memories are just too painful, they and everything associated with them are cast aside. Sounds as though he was doing his utmost to live in the present day, thankful that he was alive. We can only imagine the horrors he went through. Brave man. This story made me stop and think Wild Rose.

Chris

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Thanks Christine > Yes it made us think at the time we never knew what is job was >>> A V large chem.. read more



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It would no doubt be hard to forget someone like that. The thing that I have to think about is, "For what did he pay that terrible price?" I curse the politicians who start wars for anything but the most serious of reasons. The military men like John do their duty with diligence and honour, and we must revere them for that. Hopefully, John finds life still worth living.

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Wild Rose

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I hope he did > it was shortly after the was I/we were engineering apprentice's Have changed jobs an.. read more
You strike me as a remarkably kind, caring woman. Your description of John would strike many as something repulsive, yet you cared enough not to even question him about them. One also has to be thankful that he has such true and caring friends. Thank you so much for this.

Take care - Dave

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Wild Rose

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Man
Wild because we live our lives (when ot working) in the outdoors
Rose > White rose.. read more
This is a well-told story. I love these kinds of true snippets. The real people in life are always the most intriguing & you've brought this situation to life in your words. As a person mostly in a wheelchair myself, I do appreciate it when people do not respond to me as if my disability were the central defining feature of my existence. I'm sure this guy liked that you saw him as a total person, not just his disfiguring issues. Your descriptions are vivid, but your story still shows your respect for the guy's situation (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

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Wild Rose

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Thank you Margie _ I do know what you mean about being in a wheel chair My wife now has an electric .. read more
I think that painful memories get buried so he either repress3d some or chos3 to not relive them. I think it's great he was accepted and not shunned as so often happens

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Wild Rose

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Thank you Edie
It was a large international chemical firm
Their policy was to accept .. read more
Old soldiers try to forget. Sometimes they can't. I enjoyed the story. I like when we can gather with other people. Talk, listen and befriend new people. A wonderful story shared dear friend.
Coyote

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Wild Rose

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We worked in a large Chemical factory Engineering were in five work areas and there were two main ca.. read more
Coyote Poetry

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I loved the taverns. I liked the talks and the company. Easy to befriend people in the company of a .. read more
The vivid description of a man so disabled and maimed in war spoke to me. I couldn’t stop thinking how futile war really is. It helps nothing but egoes and that too is momentary triumph. He lives with the pain every day and he’s lucky to have people to support him and not run away in the face of his unfortunate hideousness. A very profound story, Wild Rose.

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DIVYA

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It must take some strength to look at them and be normal. I’m very sorry for such unfortunates. Yo.. read more
Wild Rose

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At first with Sam (not his real name) we had some idea before her returned from hospital - It was a .. read more
DIVYA

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Okay..,that’s great then...I’ve never had the chance to be around someone disfigured this way. I.. read more
Maybe those memories are just too painful, they and everything associated with them are cast aside. Sounds as though he was doing his utmost to live in the present day, thankful that he was alive. We can only imagine the horrors he went through. Brave man. This story made me stop and think Wild Rose.

Chris

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Wild Rose

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Thanks Christine > Yes it made us think at the time we never knew what is job was >>> A V large chem.. read more

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