You know that song “Proud to be an American”? It goes through my head every time I reread Hazel’s story. Except it kind of goes, “Proud to be - Human”. This story may only take 5 seconds to skim, but it carries the weight of the world. It’s been three weeks since I heard Hazel read it out loud in class, but the last sentence still keeps ringing in my head.
With the welcoming of returning soldiers from Iraq, memories of wars past crowd my mind. One in particular really makes a point. A veteran of World War II who was a paramedic was driving his ambulance across a bridge in Düsseldorf, Germany. Little did he know that the bridge was mined. The explosives blew him into the water below. Although we were fighting the Germans, two German ladies pulled him to safety until help appeared. He was flown to Valley Forge hospital, were he remained for nine months. He lived an extremely beautiful life to a ripe old age. Don’t underestimate the power of the human spirit.