Monday, January 5, 2009

The kind of story you WISH they'd show on the evening news . . .

Last Friday morning, on our way to take our handsome soldier to the airport, we stopped at a Cracker Barrel in Lake City, KY for breakfast. I left the table for a few minutes to look around the gift shop while we were waiting for our food to arrive. While I was gone, a sweet little girl who had evidently been sitting at the table behind us came up to our table and presented Ryan with an envelope. Ryan said she had the sweetest smile on her face. He thanked her and she skipped away. When he opened the envelope this is what he found . . . .



Inside the card was a gift card for Cracker Barrel that we found out later the little girl had purchased with her own money. A selfless act. A child who has obviously been taught that our service men are not to be scorned - that they are making a sacrifice to keep us all safe. A family I wish I'd had the chance to meet and thank in person. Thank you Smith Family! The card is hanging proudly on the bulletin board in my son's barracks so his entire platoon could be blessed as much as he was by your kindness.

11 comments:

Utah Grammie said...

That is the best story EVER! And what a great family to teach the young gratitude and outward expression of that gratitude. Many of us "think" these things but do not articulate them - and the person never knows how we felt when we saw them- this is wonderful - thanks for sharing!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Now this child is being taught in a great way what Jesus meant when he said love one another! My sister and I have made it a practice to pay for the meal of a soldier whenever one is in line with us at the airport, etc. They always protest and tell us they're doing what they want to do. But then we just tell them we're doing what we want to do! blessings, marlene

Adrienne said...

What a precious little girl who reached out from the depths of her heart to show the gratitude so many of us feel. It's good to hear that families are training their children to show respect for those who serve our country and protect our freedoms. ~Adrienne~

Kathy said...

That is a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing it!

Beth E. said...

What a blessing! Praise God for that little girl and her family. Also, PRAISE GOD for your son and his service to our country. God bless him, and bring him back home safely.

sister sheri said...

Oh, Liz! Must mean a lot to a Mom of a military hero! God bless you and your family... and Thank God for you!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Is that not the best? I couldn't view the photo show, but I remember the post you did last year about your son. One of the best, friend. Tell him "thank you" from the bottom of my heart.

peace~elaine

VINTAGE GIRL AT HEART said...

Just checkin' in.. I tried to leave you a msg. on this post a while back but was boo hooing too much!!!!
Hope all is well in them Kentucky hills!!!
Stay Warm!!

VINTAGE GIRL AT HEART said...

Just dropping by to say hi!!

Grace said...

Have you told the news about it? This is quite precious. I'd bet they'd share it. Ok, my eyes are misty...

Leigh Douglas said...

I loved this story...what a sweet thing for this child to do. God Bless our men and women serving our country and potecting our FREEDOM!!!