We Can Do This!

9 Apr

We can do this lock-down thing!

Repeat after me: WE CAN DO THIS!

Let me tell you a story about my dad.

On January 22, 1944, Dad and 36,000 other Allied soldiers landed on the beach at Anzio, Italy.  Their landing was unopposed and basically undetected by the German forces.

Anzio Beach was reclaimed marsh land, and it was surrounded on three sides by hills.

The plan from High Command called for a swift landing, an even swifter establishment of a beachhead, and then an advance on Rome.  Somehow, though, the orders from High Command were either misunderstood or ignored by General Lucas, commander of the landing forces.  Lucas felt it important to fortify the hastily-constructed beachhead, so valuable time was spent doing that in anticipation of a counterattack.

That valuable time gave the Germans time to occupy the surrounding hills and begin dropping shells down upon the Allied forces, who were trapped on that beach for over a month.  For thirty days the Allied soldiers lived in trenches and hoped that the next shell did not have their name on it. Day and night the German big guns fired down onto that beach, and day and night the casualties mounted and hell on earth visited those soldiers in my dad’s corps.

Mind you, my dad enlisted in the Army because fighting in a war was a guaranteed paycheck, something my dad hadn’t seen in nine years because of The Great Depression.

We can do this lock-down thing!

Of course this pandemic is unsettling and difficult, but it sure isn’t like having explosive shells falling out of the sky.

WE CAN DO THIS!

Be safe, my friends!

Bill

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

25 Responses to “We Can Do This!”

  1. Manatita April 9, 2020 at 2:16 pm #

    Your point is valid, Bro.

    We will definitely beat it! A toast to you, my friend!

    • Billybuc April 9, 2020 at 2:55 pm #

      And a toast coming back atcha, Manatita! Thank you Brother!

  2. Emese Fromm April 9, 2020 at 2:24 pm #

    A good way to put it in perspective, Bill. Stay safe and healthy.

    • Billybuc April 9, 2020 at 2:52 pm #

      We are well, Emese, thank you, and the same to you.

  3. Janine Huldie April 9, 2020 at 2:32 pm #

    Great story about your dad and loved the way you paralleled it to the current days’ pandemic right now. We can indeed do this and thanks for the reminder. Wishing you wonderful and safe rest of this week now, Bill!!

    • Billybuc April 9, 2020 at 2:51 pm #

      Thank you Janine! Take care of those girls of yours and Happy Thursday to you.

  4. Susan Zutautas April 9, 2020 at 2:42 pm #

    I cannot imagine going through what your dad did and I’m grateful that we don’t have to. Yes! WE CAN DO THIS! Have a great day, Bill.

    • Billybuc April 9, 2020 at 2:51 pm #

      Thank you Susan! Stay safe, my friend, and be happy!

  5. explorereikiworld April 10, 2020 at 12:51 am #

    We have no choice, but to do what CDC recommends. We have been in lockdown since 4 weeks. But no complains since I’m getting ample time to work on my bucket list.

    Stay safe, and Take care Bill.

    • Billybuc April 10, 2020 at 1:43 pm #

      You and me both, Ruchira! Bev and I have been quite busy working around the yard and house.

      Happy Weekend and stay safe, my friend.

  6. phoenix2327 April 10, 2020 at 7:48 am #

    Perspective is good. It helps us remember what’s important.

    I believe we will get through this. As a civilization, we’ve faced pandemics before and come out of them stronger. Different, no doubt, but stronger. I can’t wait to see how we all turn out.

    Enjoy the weekend, Bill.

  7. phoenix2327 April 10, 2020 at 7:48 am #

    Perspective is good. It helps us remember what’s important.

    I believe we will get through this. As a civilization, we’ve faced pandemics before and come out of them stronger. Different, no doubt, but stronger. I can’t wait to see how we all turn out.

    Enjoy the weekend, Bill.

    • Billybuc April 10, 2020 at 1:37 pm #

      I’m with you, Zulma! I know we will adjust and move forward, just as we have for hundreds of years. Stiff upper lip and all that, eh?

      Happy Weekend my friend, and Happy Easter to you and your family!

  8. Andrea Stephenson April 12, 2020 at 7:41 pm #

    It’s true that others have been through much worse than this! As long as we’re safe and well of course we can do it.

  9. Billybuc April 13, 2020 at 1:39 pm #

    Oddly, Andrea, I have talked to people who wonder if we will survive this pandemic. I would love to see everyone rise about that dismal attitude.

    Sending warm thoughts of friendship your way

  10. Damyanti Biswas April 23, 2020 at 3:48 pm #

    WE CAN DO THIS!

  11. Akpederi Raymond April 29, 2020 at 2:22 am #

    You help writers to fly ?? Can use some help of a pro

  12. Lawrence Hebb April 29, 2020 at 3:24 am #

    Bill
    We’re just on the cusp of beginning to pry open those doors after the lockdown, it feels good, but no one’s sure how things are going to pan out.
    One thing is sure, and that’s whatever comes won’t be the same as when we went into lockdown, but we can do it, and we can thrive! Just thought I’d leave that thought with you.
    Lawrence

    • Billybuc April 29, 2020 at 1:45 pm #

      Oh, we can do it for sure, Lawrence, but it’s going to be a major shift in the way we view the world, me thinks.

  13. nightlake May 12, 2020 at 2:19 pm #

    Just imagined what it would be like to have explosives falling out of the sky…and who would be firing those shots. The world will probably never be the same again after the pandemic. It was an inspiring story about your father. Thank you for sharing this lovely post.

    • Billybuc May 12, 2020 at 3:56 pm #

      I’m glad you enjoyed my ramblings, Nightlake. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. I love making these personal connections.

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