What a great, fun thread this has turned out to be. I posted my story a couple of days ago. But tonight, I sat down and read through the entire thread. Not just whizzing through but read each post and took a minute to think about how life was and how the situation was, for each individual, at the time each story unfolded. (I know, "This guy should get a life", huh!), Yeah, maybe. . . . But I think there are some really good stories here.
Many of us have encountered each other, through posting and/or PM's. But, most of have never met. We wouldn't know each other, if we showed up on each others porch. Most of us know each others screen names, but don't even know our actual names. Funny how you get a certain impression of someone from their postings and then it gets altered when they speak from the heart, to a subject like this.
Several common themes have showed up; Learned from mother or grandmother, to help the family, self-defense etc.
OK, OK, too nostalgic and Fil-a-Sof-Tickle, but I really like the thread and have enjoyed it. I feel like I know some of you better than I did before the thread.