Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Hurry up and wait!

Many of us are growing impatient to get the results in the Haas case. So many of us have a vested stake in the outcome.

Waiting gets difficult, and we sometimes question why justice is being denied/delayed. Why us?

Nevertheless, we must cope with the anxiety. Somehow, we must cope…

Hearken back some four or five decades to when you were at Recruit Training Command, in Great Lakes, Illinois, or San Diego, California. The phrase we all grew to understand all-too-well: hurry up and wait!

March to breakfast, stand in line. Hurry up and wait!

March to class, stand in line. Hurry up and wait!

March to the grinder, form up for morning inspection and the dreaded 96 count manual of arms. Hurry up and wait!

March to lunch, stand in line. Hurry up and wait!

March to Sick Bay to get the “Flying Seven” – 3 shots [including that wonderful bicillin shot!] and four scratch tests, stand in line. Hurry up and wait!

March to the grinder for PT to work out that bicillin shot! No waiting here!

March to the classroom, stand in line. Hurry up and wait!

And what did we hear from the DI while in line? “Move it up! Close it up! Make your buddy smile!” Hurry up and wait!

Remember this?

Remember Hurry up and wait! ? What excellent training for when we got to the fleet.

Chow, stand in line. Hurry up and wait!

Quarters, stand in line. Hurry up and wait!

General Quarters. Hurry up and wait!

Sea and Anchor Detail. Hurry up and wait!

Liberty Call! No waiting here!

No one learns quite how to wait like a member of the US Military, and the Navy has certainly perfected waiting to a fine art.

Now we are waiting again. This time for something that will, for many of us, determine our futures, and what kind of legacy we leave.

That’s high anxiety stuff.

Yet wait we must, calmly, and with aplomb. We are patient because we still believe that justice will prevail.

We’ve hurried to get here, now we must wait. See? There was a reason they trained you to Hurry up and wait! in boot camp. Now you know what it was.


"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan--to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations." -- President Abraham Lincoln

"Without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious." --President George Washington

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