Good morning! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. It was a beautiful fall weekend here. I hope everyone had a chance to get outside and enjoy the beautiful scenery around them.
A few weeks ago my sons and I went to a local dentist who was collecting Halloween candy to send to the troops overseas. It was a buyback program. They weigh the candy and the kids get $1 per pound. My boys got $4. As we were leaving the dentist, my oldest asked me what a soldier was and where his candy was going. I explained to him that his candy was about to go on an adventure. I told him it was going on an airplane to many different countries so that soldiers who help to protect us everyday can have a little joy in their lives. (I obviously explained it in simpler terms to him.) The talk of soldiers came up again a week later when we observed Veteran’s Day. I explained that whenever you see a soldier you need to thank them for protecting us.
Fast forward to this past Saturday. My oldest and I went to Babies R’ Us for a few things. As we were paying I had noticed he was staring over my shoulder with a small smile and look of awe on his face. After taking care of my purchase I turned around and saw a soldier from the U.S. Army standing behind us. He had an eye patch, a cane, and was in full uniform. I looked at my son and told him that the man standing behind us was a soldier. His face perked up. I then told my son to say thank you to him for all of his hard work. My son lifted his innocent little eyes to look at the man, and, in his tiniest voice, said these two very simple words:”Thank you”.
The man was taken off guard because almost instantaneously his eyes filled with tears and, in a shaky voice, he said, “Thank you buddy” and shook my son’s hand. My little guy was so excited to shake a soldier’s hand. The man and I exchanged a few words and then my son and I were on our way. I left the store explaining to my oldest that what he did was a wonderful way to show how we appreciate those who serve.
I also left the store fighting back tears. Here was this man who didn’t know me or my family at all. And he risks his life everyday to protect them. That is definitely something to be thankful about. Our service men and women are amazing people. And a simple thank you is the lest we can do to let them know.
I will be writing about things that I am thankful for in the upcoming days. What are some things that you are thankful for? Comment below :).
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