Donkey loses legs!
Road Trip …. with a great geezer.
Douglas and I spent the day together travelling from York to the Deep South!
It helps me realise how important it is to keep connected and spend time with those we might not ordinarily come into contact with….
… age difference 36 years!!
It was a great, fun journey and took maybe six hours (this disUnitedKingdom is a VERY BIG country, or so the Brexiteeeers think) taking in an extended lunch (talking) and unplanned detour (my battery ran out and talking).
Talk time was on a ratio of 9-1 Douglas to me). You may find that hard to believe but absolutely true.
Douglas is the father of Liz and grandpa of my sons Ben and Ol.
I’m clearly a donkey and my hind legs have now fallen off.
What a character! Aged 97 he retired from the army decades ago!
His final rank being lieutenant colonel (pronounced leftenant, in some inane British attempt to prove we’re not French. It’s a French word!) his experience is vast especially in logistics and management, nuclear armament transport (his daughter and I and Ben, years later would be demonstrating against those very things), the first Army helicopter outfit, suez crisis, parachutist, internal army machinations (like all organisations), and he’s an intelligent, thoughtful, aware guy and not the rabid Tory you might expect.
So thanks Douglas. Top man, great time and conversations.
It helps remind me that we just need to give people time and recognise that wealth is in sharing our knowledge, experience and opinions.