Any Marines in here? As I knocked on the special room where Taylor was staying. No answer until a small girls head peaked around the door. I then asked, do you have any idea who I am? She said nope. I asked if she ever heard of Capt B or Maj Pain? (being that she has followed my tribulations through my deployments on AnySoldier she knew those names) she said yes, Ive heard of him, then I said, that’s me!
You might have as well lit a firecracker under her as she gave out a big wow and then followed it up with a strong hug around my neck. Hanging out with Taylor was like talking to an old friend as she eyeballed my Service Alpha uniform with ribbons and badges on it. We talked about her day and how cheesburgers are her favorite food and who makes the best French fries. Although me being an Avalanche hockey fan and her a Red Wing Fan we laughed and talked how things have been and are going to be.
As I watched this 24 year old woman trapped in a little girl’s body I continued to be amazed at the strength, courage and maturity of such a young warrior. Her love for the Marines was great and the thought of this knuckle dragger coming to see her helped make things better. We continued to laugh about her dog and brothers she has. He brave mom stood strong next to us as we all discussed her recent visit to
Bethesda Hospital where she visited some torn up wounded Marines. Unfazed by their wounds she made each of them feel like they were in the spot light.
I asked if there were any nurses she wanted me to yell at, but she said there wasn’t any.. She just sat on her bed and kept telling me she couldn’t believe that I was there with a big grin on her face, and in turn I too said the same about her.
Her mom remaining strong and solid as I know her and her husband have to be. I told Taylor when things get tuff ( as I undid a Majors Maple Leaf rank from my uniform) you think of me and know Maj Pain has your back and gave her the leaf to let her know she will never be alone in her fight.
Figuring I totally messed up their normal routine and schedule, it was time for me to get out of there (before something got into my eye) so I thought I should go. As I told her to be tuff her mom gave me a big bear hug and a thank you. But it was me that was the thankful one. Walking out the door, young and determined Taylor concentrated on a perfect and correct salute to me………………………………….respectfully I joined my heels together and professionally saluted her back and told her “Thanks Marine”.
What a way to end the day.
(Thanks to all who have helped make Taylor ’s visit a great one. From the Patriot Guard to the all of the staff at Bethesda , well done)
From: Cathy B
To: Maj Pain
Sent: Wednesday, October 18, 2006 8:35:58 PM
Subject: Taylor’s Visit
Dear Major B.
I just got off the phone with Cathy and Taylor and heard all about your visit today. Thank You so very much. I can’t tell you the excitement that I heard in
Taylor ‘s voice about your very presence. Cathy said that you are the epitome of what an American Marine would look like. Your class of taking the time to spend with my daughter will be more than I can ever be able to repay you or ever say the proper Thank You for!!
Between your visit, and going to the Naval Hosp. will be a day that will be etched into their memories forever. We will grow as no family ever will with this once in a lifetime event that has occurred.
Taylor will have a fighting attitude and courage that her mom or I would never be able to teach her thanks to American Heroes like you. This week alone will give Taylor the foundation that any parent could only dream of steering down the right path for our Country. I honestly know that Taylor would serve her Country as a Marine if it weren’t for her medical condition. But don’t count her out in serving in some capacity that hopefully someday will touch the life or lives like you have done today.
Thank You so Very Much Major B.
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From: Maj Pain <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Cathy B
Sent: Wednesday, October 18, 2006 9:18:34 PM
Subject: Re: Taylor ‘s Visit
When I see little girls and boys suffering in Afghanistan and Iraq I often thought of American boys and girls back home and while I was there young Taylor was supporting me through AnySoldier and then again in Iraq. A simple email, gift package or thank you made me and other fighting Americans regain our strength during the long deployments and dish out the American spirit against the enemy.
Taylor is a 24 year old trapped in a little girl. Smart, strong and more brave than one would ever expect from such a small girl. You don’t have to worry or think if someday she will change someone’s life because she already has, mine!
It was my pleasure and I want to express my pride in knowing PFC Taylor! The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. I know you both are very proud of her, as I am as well.
The girls have my cell phone number if you need anything from me, I have your back. Semper Fi my friend, Maj Pain.