I want to tell you a little story
about something that happened this past weekend.
On Saturday I was in a store shopping.
It was an Ulta store/salon,
a national chain for cosmetics
and beauty supplies, perfumes, etc.
While I was there, five young
soldiers -- three women and two men --
in fatigues walked in the door to do some shopping.
It's almost Valentine's Day
and the men were looking at perfumes
and the women were looking
at pretty much everything!
One of the women who works there,
did something that brought tears to my eyes.
She went up to each and every one of them
and hugged them
and thanked them
for their service
to our great country.
I stood watching from behind an aisle
and got very choked up and teary-eyed.
(I get this way every single time I see a soldier.)
It wasn't always this way though.
I think it has to do with my being a mom,
and knowing they are
some proud mother and father's baby.
I also think it is because I am a proud
and grateful American
who has never taken our
rights and our freedom for granted.
After a few minutes,
I got a hold of myself and swallowed
the lump in my throat.
I went over to Melinda and thanked her
for doing something
I wish I could have done. I told her I always
want to thank them when I see them
(we are very near to an Armed Force training base)
but I get too emotional
and choked up and cry ----
so I don't.
I know, selfish me.
Melinda thanked me and hugged me too
and then she took me over to meet them
and thank them. It was full water-works
with my eyes by the time I got to them.
Melinda introduced me
and told them the story, and
they said THANK YOU!
It's ok if you cry! That they completely
appreciate and love it on the rare occasions
when a civilian does actually take the time
to stop and say thanks.
I am here to make a plea,
to make a pact with you.
Let's start a trend
and make the effort
to go up to each
and every soldier
and thank them
when we see them.
when we see them.
For their honor,
their service to our country
and for protecting all of us
so we can live and not fear
to lay our heads safely on our pillows
Maybe you already thank them
when you see them?
But maybe you are like me
and you get too
sentimental or emotional
to show your appreciation?
Whatever the case...
let's thank them
and tell them how much
they are appreciated.
What do you say?
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