This is an excerpt from an unsolicited conversation started by our 10 year old. She's putting together information from three or four different conversations she has overheard over time.
Maura: You're color blind so you couldn't fly helicopters for the Army.
Roger: Yeah. I couldn't fly helicopters because I'm color blind.
Maura: But if you had passed that test, you would have gone to school with Tuc to be a helicopter pilot?
Maura: And maybe you would have been there the day he died. Maybe you could have saved him.
Roger: Yes, I wish I had been there so I could have saved him.
Maura: But if you had become a pilot with Tuc you wouldn't have been with Coffield that day. You couldn't have saved him. (long pause) Coffield would have died instead.
Roger: (long pause) If I had become a pilot, I wouldn't have gone to Iraq with Coffield. I wouldn't have been there to help save him.
Maura (softy patting his arm): Either way, you would have lost somebody.
3 weeks ago