Captain John Joseph was a military man, always would be. Captain Joseph always followed orders. He old war wound had been kicking up so right now John was following Doctor's Orders.
"Get out and MOVE, Captain Joseph. Keep motating, Joey," the Doctor at the V.A. had told him. "Gotta keep that knee moving or it'll just freeze up on ya, ya don't want that, do ya?" the too young doctor would laugh.
John didn't think he was all that funny, but he fella WAS a Navy doctor so Joey was out doing his laps. ('Now THAT'S funny, Joe thought, ME doing laps at MY age', and John would snigger to himself.
John Joseph had a set path, a path HE had set; four blocks, four dirty city blocks, rain or shine. If THEY were going to order him to march, HE would choose his route.
John had lost his smeller long ago, can't smell a thing, but he can HEAR, he can hear the birds chirping on his early morning march, his daily exercise. Just this morning he heard two different dogs barking. John figured one was a German Shepard, the other a Basset Hound, John had a way of knowing the bark and the type of dog they came from, he had been a Veterinarian after the war. The dogs protested as their owners rushed to get the dogs walked before they have to go to work, rushing the poor dogs because THEY were running late, John figured.Yep, he heard two full grown animals and one yippity, yappity little dog, probably a Terrier pup scampering around a little kid.
John Joseph was just coming around the toy store, the one that used to be a paint store. "Nothing stays in place, anymore," Joe was thinking when the kid with the yappety dog called out, "Mom, that guy looks like a butterfly!"
"Crazy kids," John Joseph thought as he continued on. Right, left, right. Right, left, right; follow orders, follow orders, two more blocks to go, then a donut and coffee. John smiled at a distant memory of an old love, an open field and a butterfly. John sighed as he thought, happily, "We need more color in the world..."
A TimeSlips Story by Gerald, George, Liz, Myrtle, Vern, Ted and Luanne at THELMA'S PLACE,
Canby, Oregon July 27, 2017
Facilitated by Jo Algiers