That hit me, if my dad had lived he would be the oldest person in the world, he was born January 14th of 1903. I could have known, loved and lived in the same house with the oldest person in the world. Yeah, I know millions of folks were born around the turn of the century, but I did not know them.
The fact that I have reached the age that I could actually have known Israel, and known other folks who were born around that time. Sherry's dad was born in 1902, if Wiley and dad had lived they could be the oldest and next to the oldest men in the world.
My dad died while I was stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GITMO). A 40 square mile piece of real estate, mostly water. Before it became famous for a prison many folk didn't know it existed. It is one of the best Naval training bases in the world. The weather is great for at sea training, and every ship on the east coast goes there for REFTRA (refresher training).
My skipper called me in one day and said, "I have just received word that you father is dying. I have booked you on a flight back to the states. Since he has not passed, regulations will not allow me to bump folks from the flight for your family. Get packed and get to the air station. If the worst happens we will send you family ASAP."