My grandfather, Richard Cook is a real man. He was adopted at a young age although he wasn't told about it until recently. He's been taking it pretty well aside from the fact that he refuses to celebrate his new REAL birthday. Don't ask me how that even happened.

He's a Patriot and a fighter. He snuck into the military to serve his country even after they told him he was too small to be any use to his country. Determined to be of service to his country, that night he sat down and ate his weight in bananas. The next day he weighed in just barely making the weight requirement to enlist. To this day he will not even look at a banana.

He didn't just fight for his country, he also fought for what's right. While in the war, three of his team were pinned down in a rice field, at the bottom of a valley, surrounded by the enemy. His commanding officer ordered him to leave them there because they were as good as dead anyway. My grandfather promptly told his commanding officer where he could go and went in after them. He crawled on his hands and knees and one by one, got all three of those men out of there. Two survived, the third was already dead and buried later.

Lastly, he's a survivor. For years he has been fighting his own heart to stay alive. Every other time I go to see him he's in the hospital with some doctor telling him he's not going to make it or that he'll be in bed for the rest of his life. But every time he pulls through and keeps on going.

My grandfather has taught me that a real man fights for what he believes in. A real man fights for what's right. A real man Never gives up and Never gives in.

Views: 15

Tags: Lessons in Manliness

Comment

You need to be a member of Art of Manliness to add comments!

Join Art of Manliness

Comment by CM Sackett on March 26, 2010 at 7:48pm
...damn sure a MAN. May his blood AND his character and courage run through his descendants in full measure... till a week after Hell has frozen solid.


CM Sackett

Latest Activity

Rick Shelton replied to Tim's discussion Male vanity.
"Shane, there is that as well, at least when there are females in the free weight area."
12 minutes ago
John Lee Pettimore replied to John Moser's discussion Having discovered why The Odyssey is so poorly written, I now know of a new skill we must recover!
"I'm beginning to see why."
13 minutes ago
Rick Shelton replied to Tim's discussion Male vanity.
"The guys at the gym I went to didn't look into the mirror out of vanity, they were watching their form.  It's hard to look down at what your doing and keep your back straight so to make it easier in the free-weight room the walls were…"
13 minutes ago
Penelope replied to Tim's discussion Male vanity.
"Free weights.  The bar just happens to be at just the right height (probably 48")"
17 minutes ago
Kenton S. replied to Kenton S.'s discussion Dating and friends in 2014
"Yeah I don't have a very large social circle. People I did know at college are either friends with my ex or graduated. "
18 minutes ago
Edward Warden posted a photo

September

My abs have gotten a lot better over the summer
20 minutes ago
Kenton S. replied to Kenton S.'s discussion Dating and friends in 2014
"Thanks "
20 minutes ago
John Moser posted a discussion

Having discovered why The Odyssey is so poorly written, I now know of a new skill we must recover!

I was, so unfortunately once, forced to read Homer's epic, The Odyssey.  For those not familiar with the book and its prequel, The Illiad, it's a terribly repetitive, formulaic piece representing what is quite possibly the most bland form of writing known to history.I now possess advanced knowledge as to why it's so poorly written and, more importantly, what we have lost in the interim that we must regain.The Odyssey and its ilk weren't exactly written at all.  We use the term "writing" to…See More
23 minutes ago

© 2014   Created by Brett McKay.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service