Dear Soldier…

On Friday, I experienced such a wonderful thing with my son. We went to Dunkin Donuts because he had been asking for a donut for 2 days. We ordered and sat down. We started to enjoy our breakfast when a group of about 12 soldiers came in. They all placed their orders and sat down. One sat right behind me and Jordan kept looking at him. He said, “That is that man’s hat.” I replied, “Yes, buddy it is.” He said, “That is the American flag.” I said, “Yes it is.” He said, ” I can’t say hi to him.” I said, “Sure you can buddy. You can always say hi to someone in uniform.” The man must have heard our conversation because Jordan started acting shy and said “hi” very timidly.

The soldier said, “Hi. What is your name?”

“My name is Jordan.”

“Very nice to meet you Jordan. How is your donut?”

“Good. I have 2 dogs. Their names are Mia & Ziggy.”

“Wow! What kind of dogs are they?”

“Mia & Ziggy!”

The soldier chuckled.

“My house is called… my house.”

“Wow! That’s really neat. Guess what? My house is called my house too!”

Jordan smiled.

“I have something for you, Jordan.” He reached over to his sleeve and pulled off the American flag patch and handed it to him.

At this point, I knew this man was a special person. He had to have children of his own or maybe nieces and nephews. He just had a way about him. Jordan was grinning from ear to ear. “It’s Captain America’s flag!!”

“You’re right, buddy. It is Captain American’s flag.”

“But now you don’t have one.”

“It’s ok. I know where to get a new one. But make sure you take good care of that one. I’m sure your mom can find some Velcro for it.” I smiled and nodded.

The soldier went back to his breakfast and got up to throw away his garbage before leaving. On his way past, he stopped and reached out to shake Jordan’s hand. He said, “It was very nice to meet you, Jordan.” Jordan shook his and said, “Nice to meet you too! Thank you!!” The soldier smiled and walked away.

Why am I sharing this on my health and fitness blog? Because this story is good for the soul, which is more important than anything else in my opinion. It reminds you that there are good people out there, especially at a time when all you hear about is the bad. The election. The tragedies. The failures.

It’s easy to get caught up in those things and forget that there truly are good people out there. People who would do anything to make a child smile. People who risk their lives to ensure that we are safe every single day. People who truly do care about someone other than themselves.

I hope that my son will grow up and be as kind to others as this man was to him. If you are reading this, I encourage you to go out and be the kind person to someone else today. Make someone’s child smile. Pay this forward. Be the light the world really needs.