Best Teacher

World War II Dad teaches eternal "LifeLlesson"

Sunrise Through the Clouds in Avalon NJ 3/5/2011 #2

The best teacher I ever had was my own Father, Raymond Rose. He started his role modeling while still in the U.S.Air Force and I was home in America as a toddler. He taught me my greatest "Life Lesson" —LOOK FOR THE LIGHT!

My Dad took part in the invasion of Guam during WW II. The night Dad's unit arrived at the island–which was still in Japanese hands–he was placed in a rowboat with 3 other soldiers, under strict orders not to advance until they saw the signal—-a flashing Light in the East. A thousand fears took shape in the soldier's minds. To take their minds off the situation, they talked about home and the families they'd left behind. Finally, after what seemed an eternity, a small flashing Light appeared in the distance signaling them to shore.

My father, Raymond Rose, made it home safely to his wife Paula (Schober) Rose and son (me) he'd left behind. But Dad liked to say that all our lives were just like that night he'd spent during the war—surrounded by fear and uncertainty, finding comfort in one another as we wait in darkness for a distant signal. Remember that story has helped ease the pain of my father's death in 1991; I'm sure he received God's signal and Followed the Light home to Heaven.

2012 by Douglas Raymond Rose (Guideposts Reprint)

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2 Responses to Best Teacher

  1. Elsie Duggan says:

    I love this story and all of your poems I have been reading, You have heart and it comes through so wonderfully as you write, God Bless You, Elsie Duggan

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