Mr. T. is a 68 year old who worked as a cook for the railroad for 36 years, after he finished 7 years of active duty in the Army.
He was "on the rail" and away from his wife and 6 kids every Sunday through Thursday.
He retired at age 61.
He and Mrs. T. spent many a day planning all the fun things they would do during "their" retirement, including, finally, traveling together.
A few months after his retirement, while driving to church services on a Wednesday night, he was shot in the head.
The assailant, who was caught and has been in jail since, reported it was a mistake.
Mr. T. was mistaken for someone else.
He survived but he's wheelchair bound, has no use of his right side, only partial use of his left side and talks very infrequently.
The few words he speaks are usually always curse words.
They have not been able to travel together.
Mrs T. reports, "he was such a good man, a great provider, a wonderful husband and father. He never used a foul word in his life. He was a church deacon, a leader of men. It hurts so much to see him like this. I know the way he talks now is not him, but it is him...do you know what I mean?"
She was teary eyed.
So was I.