I have never written a blog before, and had no intention of writing one of the traditional electronic diaries. When Quora started putting emphasis on blogs, I thought I'd give it a try. It seems that there are a lot of ideas the flash though our minds, and we never follow up on because we are too busy at the time. I wanted a place to park some of those ideas, and let the talented people who are all around us to see them, and perhaps find something that they may use.
For this first post, I wanted to give an example of this idea, but I'm not sure where to start, so please bear with me. Character
: In 1968 I was a one of the young Americans sent to fight in Vietnam. It seemed that in every village the children would gather around and we would give them candy, c-rations, or cigarettes. I think that we all felt doing something nice for kids would somehow wash off some of the "not so nice" that we were involved in daily. I recall a group of children we encountered one day, and as they pushed each other aside to get to the goodies that the GIs were doling out, there was one small girl (about 5 or 6 maybe) who was unusually shy, and stayed in the background. Our medic had a great rapport with kids, and coaxed her to the front with a c-ration candy bar. We noticed that the other kids stayed away from her, and when she reached out for the candy, we saw why: She had six perfectly form fingers on each hand. Of course, our attention only made her more self conscious. While we never encountered her again, I've often wondered how she fared. What must life been like for her in a society where childhood deformities were all too common, but usually as the result of losing fingers or arms to explosives or disease. How would a child with such a contrary deformity have been treated?
So that's a start.