Tuesday, June 19, 2012
RIPPLES ON THE POND
At a restaurant buffet this evening, I saw a Vietnam veteran eating alone. As he was salting his watermelon, I approached him and said, "Hi." I extended my hand; he set down the salt shaker, wiped his hand on his pants leg, and I said, "Thank you for your service." He saw my dinner companion and he asked, "Was your dad in the service?" I said, "He's my friend and yes, he was in World War II and Korea and he was awarded the Silver Star." The man said, "Wow." and waved to Kit.
When my friend got up to get dessert, a young woman approached him, offered her hand and said, "Thank you for your service, sir." She said she'd heard my talking to the vet at the table and she told us that her husband is a Marine and he's in Afghanistan and she just wanted to say thanks. The sweet young woman's name is Jeannine.
I can't help it; I love it when I throw the proverbial pebble in the pond and see the ripples!
I like the quote with the graphic: "Whatever you do, do it with the knowledge your actions will come back."