Eps 1698: Arvid came out of the bush! it is not how you would imagine it! 18+
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Arvid was a great interviewee. He remembered everything he had been told and was able to tell the interviewees a little funny anecdote about his experience at flying school. He said that the value of the course was that it taught him to be creative and think outside the box. He wrote a guy who had been an instructor at the school about what value he got from it, and the guy responded saying that Arvid had learned the "American way" of thinking. Arvid was a young man with great ambition and he taught us all something important about life: "one thing you can never change is flat things".
This phrase is the title of the writing book he wrote, which was released two years after my third year in college. Arvid wrote a 500 page book from his own experiences and how he used the same technology to re-use and moonlight while also remembering all of his interviewees. This book was started as a kind of summer project during my third year and it became a full time job for many years after that. Arvid's first interest in books began when he spent time writing a flesh guide for an ancient language that he had studied extensively. He took this experience, combined it with his other interests and created a unique way of writing that was unlike anything that had been seen before. By combining words, stories, images and concepts, Arvid created something special out of what could have been just another ordinary book.
He spent the entire four years of his enlistment in the US Air Force, from 8 to 10 weeks at tech school to 34 years with the Dakota Air National Guard and Air Force Airlift Command. One weekend, after six days of training, Arvid came out of the bush with wonderful memories and a command hospital under his belt.
He was able to use his knowledge and medical training to help people, others and ranch animals in need. He had memorized the time that military staff members told him, as well as their social security numbers. He had even gone so far as to use a chain of command when necessary. It had only been a couple of years since he first joined the military, but Arvid was already making an impact! What a great success he had become!
Arvid came out of the bush and it was not how you would imagine it! Two great big men had gathered a critical number of people to engage with, wanting more people to join them. It was about as powerful a person as you could imagine - Harry Hopkins - who started the conversations that day and gave their opinion. It took them one hour but it felt like a long time. Everyone put in their work, even the swede Arvid, and before they knew it, enough people had joined up to make an impact. Imagine someone like Arvid couple years ago when he was just a resident in the small town, never expecting something like this to happen! Now he is part of something bigger than himself - something that will bring change and maybe even create new paths for those who come after him. He has become an example for others of what can be done if you put your mind to it and work hard at achieving your goals.
General Arnold and Harry Hopkins had discussed the idea of using helicopters to cover a convoy of trucks headed to Vietnam with refugees. The jungle situation was extremely unpredictable, and they only had one day to get the convoy out. Arvid, an ordinary person, stepped up to the plate and organized the mission. He worked tirelessly, day and night, to make sure that everybody was safe and sound during the journey. In one way or another Arvid had helped save many lives that day in Vietnam.
But in the process, he had lost his parents and had been left to face the prospect of living his life without them. He had watched the goings on during the Eastertide Offensive from a dream-like state, unable to truly grasp everything that was happening. In time he had found himself standing on a riverbank, watching a steamboat drift past, uncertain if this was the only way to cope with people leaving him behind and no one being there for him. But then one day, he stepped out of the bush and faced everything that stood before him with courage and strength. He knew it wasn’t how anyone would have imagined it but he was determined to make it home in one piece and take control of his destiny.
Arvid came out of the bush with a much better memory and even recall memories from his childhood. He was able to piece together what had happened in the past and how it all seemed to be connected to him. The language development of my kids, especially Arvid, has been remarkable. He speaks two languages fluently, something I was never able to do as a little kid. One day he told me that his sister Kiri Nowak had died and his father had left him when he was only three years old. This news hit me hard because I knew how much it meant for him to be able to connect with her family again after so many years apart.
Arvid came out of the bush not in the way I expected but it was a beautiful experience. My father had died eleven years ago and it felt like he touched Kiri Nowak’s life in a powerful and beautiful way. Kiri thought that my father had touched her through me, as though we were one. The day was special, travelling around the world and we all felt one emotion no matter our age, guilt or sadness. It was a moment of reconciliation that we all shared together, none of us could describe how magical it felt but we knew it changed us forever. We each carried a piece of Arvid’s story with us wherever we went and were determined to honour his memory in our own unique ways.
Arvid Came Out Of The Bush! It Is Not How You Would Imagine It! 18+ is the story of Arvid Farris, a bush family from Mexico who decided to marry in the summer of 2017. They made their home in the Grove Campground for just about two years, making memories and building a platform called Feedback Panda. In an incredibly short amount of time, Arvid and his wife Ruth sold their platform and moved to Island Grove Bush Family Campground with their family and friends.