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You Know What I Really Like?

J. D. Pendry

Running with a formation of soldiers and watching the sunrise.

How warm the morning sun feels after spending a cold, damp night in the field.

Extra dry socks in my ruck sack.

The fruit cocktail and peaches I used to get from my C-rations.

A canteen cup full of coffee mixed with hot chocolate powder and heated on a squad stove.

Listening to stories from old soldiers.

Equipment that works the first time.

Listening to little children giggle.

Sports in their purest form, where they're still fun, like Little League Baseball.

The smell of wood smoke.

Leaders that are more interested in listening to others than they are to themselves.

The feeling I have when I'm running and I get to the top of the hill.

Bread, freshly baked in an old Army field kitchen.

Wrigley Field - without lights.


Old pick-up trucks.

Grand parents.

Banana pudding.

Chicago style hotdogs with chopped up cucumbers (not pickles), tomatoes, onions and brown horseradish mustard - from a sidewalk vender.

Sitting on the front porch swing on a summer night listening to crickets and looking at the stars.


Smelling fresh mowed grass.

The unconditional friendship of an old mongrel dog.

Changing seasons - Thanksgiving, Christmas and the 4th of July.

I like thinking of things that make me feel good. Give it a try sometime.

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