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Friday, November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving Phone Call

“Is this Pat McGrath Avery?”

“Yes, it is,” I answered his opening question. Turkey time had passed and, replete from too much food, we lounged around the house. My husband, son, two grandsons and I interspersed an episode of The Big Bang Theory with conversation. I had thought about not answering my phone.

“I just wanted to tell you I’m going to read the Sunchon Tunnel Massacre Survivors,” he said. “I bought it several years ago when the guys were all here – at Celebration City (in Branson, MO). When was that, by the way?”

“2007,” I answered.

“That long? Well, I opened the book and found your phone number in the front. I wanted to tell you… I’m 93 and I don’t get out much anymore,” he continued. “I use a walker and watch a lot of TV but I thought you’d want to know I’m reading your book again.”

“Thank you for telling me. Are you a veteran?”

“WWII, ma’am. I was in WWII,” he paused. “I’m sorry to pull you away from your family but I thought you’d want to know. It’s a great story.”

“Do you have a story about your service?” I asked.

“Yes, but I don’t want to pull you away from your family today.”

“No problem. Will you tell me your story sometime?” I encouraged him.

“Yes, but for now, I want to read your book again. I thought you’d like to know.”

“Thank you so much. Will you give me your name and may I call you back sometime?”

“Sure.” His pleasure at connecting with me came through his voice. I thanked him for his call and for his service.

He gave me his name and I will ask to hear his story about his WWII service.

More than that, he gave me a Thanksgiving gift that touched my heart and brought me a renewed sense of gratitude. He simply wanted me to know that he appreciated the story that Joyce and I told in the Sunchon Tunnel Massacre Survivors.

What writer can ask for more?

1 comment:

  1. Pat,

    What a blessing this veteran turned reader has given you! Wow, these kinds of comments and a surprise phone call can carry us far! Good job.