Vaughn was a soldier who stood tall in his green uniform. I may have been trying to emulate Vaughn. I know I never wanted to disappoint him.
I became a boy scout for the uniform. I became a paperboy for the money. I became doggedly persistent because of Vaughn. I was ready to quit being a paper boy at 4:30 AM, on a rainy and cold fall morning, but Vaughn had mentioned he’d drive me if the weather was ever bad. I woke him up. For that whole winter, it became our thing.
In the dark, on the worst days of the winter, I could wake Vaughn and ask him to drive me on my route. Of course, I had get out of the vehicle and trudge through the snow, but I did get to keep all the money and he did have to wake up at 4:30. I learned the importance of never quitting, of finishing what I start, and keeping to my promises these are credos of which Vaughn lived by every day of his life.
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