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Against the Wind

December 27, 2012 by , under Moments of "ordinary" life.

I happened to hear this Bob Seger song on the radio just now while I was having lunch at a local restaurant:  Against the Wind.

And it reminded me of a moment many years ago when I was driving a taxi in San Francisco…

It was a bright sunny day, and I was driving three very young soldiers to their ship near Fisherman’s Wharf.

They were about to be deployed to Iraq.

And this Bob Seger song came over the radio as we were heading down to the Wharf from North Beach.

And we all knew the words to it, and we sang it together:

Against the wind
We were runnin’ against the wind
We were young and strong, we were runnin’
against the wind

There was a special poignancy to this moment for me.  I felt a sense of profound harmony with these young men who were, perhaps, heading to their deaths — but, certainly, to danger, excitement, severe trials and tests.

And I felt honored to share that moment of communion with them.