A Soldier S Tale Essay Checker
A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire the great works of art. When the conflict broke out, the son went to war. He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier. The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son.
About a month later, just before Christmas, there was a knock at the door. A young man stood at the door with a large package in his hands. He said, “Sir, you don’t know me, but I am the soldier for whom your son gave his life. He saved many lives that day, and he was carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and he died instantly. He often talked about you, and your love for art.
The young man held out his package. “I know this isn’t much. “I’m not really a great artist, but I think your son would have wanted you to have this.”
The father opened the package. It was a portrait of his son, painted by the young man. He stared in awe at the way the soldier had captured the personality of his son in the painting. The father was so drawn to the eyes that his own eyes welled up with tears. He thanked the young man and offered to pay him for the picture.
“Oh, no sir. I could never repay what your son did for me. It’s a gift.”
The father hung the portrait over his mantle. Every time visitors came to his home he took them to see the portrait of his son before he showed them any of the other great works he had collected.
The man died a few months later. There was to be a great auction of his paintings. Many influential people gathered, excited over seeing the great paintings and having an opportunity to purchase one for their collection. On the platform sat the painting of the son.
The auctioneer pounded his gavel. “We will start the bidding with this picture of the son. Who will bid for this picture?”
There was silence. Then a voice in the back of the room shouted, “We want to see the famous paintings! Skip this one!”
But the auctioneer persisted. “Will someone bid for this painting? Who will start the bidding? $100, $200?”
Another voice shouted angrily, “We didn’t come to see this painting! We came to see the the Rembrandt’s! Get on with the real bids!”
But still the auctioneer continued. “The son! The son! Who’ll take the son?”
Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room. It was the longtime gardener of the man and his son. “I’ll give $10 for the painting.” Being a poor man, it was all he could afford.
“We have $10, who will bid $20?”
“Give it to him for $10! Let’s see the masters!”
“$10 is the bid, won’t someone bid $20?”
The crowd was becoming angry. They didn’t want the picture of the son. They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections.
The auctioneer pounded the gavel. “Going once, twice, SOLD for $10!”
A man sitting in the second row shouted, “Now, let’s get on with the collection!”
The auctioneer laid down his gavel. “I’m sorry, the auction is over.”
“What about the paintings?”
“I am sorry. When I was called to conduct this auction, I was told of a secret stipulation in the will. I was not allowed to reveal that stipulation until this time. Only the painting of the son would be auctioned. Whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire estate, including the paintings. The man who took the son gets every thing!”
God gave His son 2,000 years ago to die on a cruel cross. Much like the auctioneer, His message today is, “The son, the son, who’ll take the son?” Because, you see, whoever takes the Son gets everything.
As an American Soldier, for the past 4 years I have proudly served my country. With completing one tour to Iraq and endless amount of training being a Soldier is “My Way of Life.” Being a Soldier is important to me because I have the opportunity to serve my country, provided a stable life for my family, and lastly facing daily adversities and overcoming them.
To begin with, having the opportunity to serve my country has given me nothing but great pride and joy. The United States of America as many call it, “The Land of Opportunity” it is exactly that. Coming from a third world country, the United States of America has given me a quality education. Which opened more doors for my future. Along with many other opportunities I would not have been given if I had not come to this country. For this reason is why I have decided to serve this country. It is important to me to give back what this country has offered me.
Not only has being and soldier given me joy in serving my country, but it has also provide a great and stable environment for my family and I. For my family, being a Soldier has equally given them benefits and opportunities many other lives wouldn’t have. Having a stable income and home provide us all peace and mind from the ups and downs of our current economy. Knowing my family is taken care of from all points starting with health coverage to housing are just a few pluses that come with being a soldier. My family is first and foremost, and being able to provide them with a stable home is a priority, and the military has allowed me to do so.
In the military there are many challenges we face on a daily basis. Being a soldier facing these challenges gives me a sense of self. Facing adversity along with overcoming adversity I know I have completed my task. When there is a job to be done, I take pride in completing the task at hand. It is equally important to me that I do my job well, by aiming to achieve and exceed the standard. Seeing the end results are what I look forward to. Although there are many adversities, knowing that I can overcome and complete my job, I have faced my challenge and there is nothing like achieving the standard and exceeding it.
In conclusion, being a soldier is important to me because I have the opportunity to give back to my country which has giving me so much. I can provide a great life for my family through the tough times, that America’s economy is facing. And lastly, I am able to face new challenges, which keep me challenged to keep my job exciting. Being a soldier has become a, “Way of Life for Me,” and I will continue to be the Best Soldier, NCO, Leader I can possibly be.