Not long ago, my dad and I were having lunch at a local deli and right in the middle of our conversation, he stood up, walked over to the register where a soldier in uniform was ordering his food, got out his wallet and paid for the man's lunch. He shook his hand, thanked him for his service and sat right back down and continued our conversation like nothing had happened. I thought my heart was going to burst. This is not unusual for my dad. He is an ex marine and he makes a habit to go out of his way if he spots a soldier in uniform. I will never forget that day and the pride I felt in watching him.
I hope that I instill that same sense of patriotism and pride in my boys. We are so fortunate to live in this country and we get to enjoy freedom that so many others in the world don't have. The heroes who make that possible are the ones who serve and those who have served before them.
I made a trip to the farmer's market last night and picked up several bunches of flowers and some handmade chocolates to deliver to those in our family and neighborhood who are now serving, or have served before. Reid is delivering them himself and I hope that it gives him an understanding of what today is all about, at least in a 6 year old kind of way.