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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Y'all I am so very proud of my son. He has yet to amaze and suprise me. What else is this great child of mine going to do.

I received an e-mail from LOIS over at Low Downs from Lois yesterday. This is what she said ...

"Guess who I just got a note from? Your sweet son! You raised him right. He's a good guy! :-D)"

Now let me tell ya, I never in a million years expected him to do this. I can't promise that he will send a note to each and everyone who writes but I'm sure he will try.

I have raised a good boy, haven't I? I mean young man...

After I received this e-mail from Lois, here pops up another one...

I have never seen this one. It definitely choked me up.

I sat in my seat of the Boeing 767 waiting for everyone to hurry and stow their carry-ons and grab a seat so we could start what I was sure to be a long, uneventful flight home.

With the huge capacity and slow moving people taking their time to stuff luggage far too big for the overhead and never paying much attention to holding up the growing line behind them, I simply shook my head knowing that this flight was not starting out very well. I was anxious to get home to see my loved ones so I was focused on my issues and just felt like standing up and yelling for some of these clowns to get their act together.

I knew I couldn't say a word so I just thumbed thru the "Sky Mall" magazine from the seat pocket in front of me. You know it's really getting rough when you resort to the over- priced, useless sky mall crap to break the monotony.

With everyone finally seated, we just sat there with the cabin door open and no one in any hurry to get us going although we were well past the scheduled take-off time.
No wonder the airline industry is in trouble I told myself.

Just then, the attendant came on the intercom to inform us all that we were being delayed. The entire plane let out a collective groan.

She resumed speaking to say "We are holding the aircraft for some very special people who are on their way to the plane and the delay shouldn't be more than 5 minutes.

The word came after waiting six times as long as we were promised that I was finally going to be on my way home. Why the hoopla over "these" folks?

I was expecting some celebrity or sport figure to be the reason for the hold up. Just get their butts in a seat and let's hit the gas I thought.

The attendant came back on the speaker to announce in a loud and excited voice that we were being joined by several U.S. Marines returning home from Iraq !!!

Just as they walked on board, the entire plane erupted into applause.

The men were a bit taken by surprise by the 340 people cheering for them as they searched for their seats.

They were having their hands shook and touched by almost everyone who was within an arm's distance of them as they passed down the aisle. One elderly woman kissed the hand of one of the Marines as he passed by her.

The applause, whistles and cheering didn't stop for a long time.

When we were finally airborne, I was not the only civilian checking his conscience as to the delays in "me" getting home, finding my easy chair, a cold beverage and the remote in my hand.

These men had done for all of us and I had been complaining silently about "me" and "my" issues I took for granted the everyday freedoms I enjoy and the conveniences of the American way of life.

I took for granted that others had paid the price for my ability to moan and complain about a few minutes delay to "me" while those Heroes were going home to their loved ones.

I attempted to get my selfish outlook back in order and minutes before we landed, I suggested to the attendant that she announce over the speaker a request for everyone to remain in their seats until our heroes were allowed to gather their things and be first off the plane.

The cheers and applause continued until the last Marine stepped off and we all rose to go about our too often taken for granted everyday freedoms.

I felt proud of them.

I felt it an honor and a privilege to be among the first to welcome them home and say "Thank You for a job well done."

I vowed that I will never forget that flight nor the lesson learned. I can't say it enough, THANK YOU to those Veterans and active servicemen and women who may read this and a prayer for those who cannot because they are no longer with us.


This is a ribbon for soldiers fighting in Iraq

Proudly Brought to You by Dixie 6:05 PM

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Blogger Army Mom Times Three said ... (8/08/2007 7:56 PM) : 

Oh Dixie, I just read this entire post to my husband and we both found it incredible. When we start=s to feel as if the citizens of the USA are giving up on military, things like this happen to remind us that the sacrifices of our sons and daughters are still appreciated.


Blogger Travis said ... (8/08/2007 8:25 PM) : 

Matt is a special young man. I'm glad he seems to be adjusting after a rough first few days.


Blogger Linda said ... (8/08/2007 8:42 PM) : 

Dixie, you have indeed raised a fine young man that you should be incredibly proud of!

He is going to be a fantastic Marine!


Blogger Bond said ... (8/08/2007 10:39 PM) : 

Of course he is a special man.. he is your son

Come on by The Couch Thursday, you have been tagged.


Blogger Simply Bananas said ... (8/09/2007 8:56 AM) : 

I have read that before Dixie but it's always nice to see it again when in todays society it seems as if too many people are apathetic about the war. I got lucky and came home to a heroes welcome after Desert Storm.I guess unless you have walked the walk or know someone that has or is about to then it's ok by todays standards to just sit back and forget all that they did /do / will do to insure our safety.God protect and watch over our troops as they protect and watch over us.


Blogger Sarge Charlie said ... (8/09/2007 9:25 AM) : 

Ok, you did it again, you made an old man sob, yep sob, you got to be proud of those guys.


Blogger Comedy + said ... (8/09/2007 11:24 AM) : 

That was awesome Dixie. I loved every word. I would have been cheering too. I guess there weren't any anti war folks on that plane. Oh and yes you did a good job raising that young man of yours.

Smoooooooches back at ya girlfriend.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8/09/2007 12:50 PM) : 

Dixie... apples don't fall far from the tree...I definitely see your touch in Matt's kindness.


Thanks for the post. The airplane story makes me proud to be an American...


Blogger Julie said ... (8/09/2007 11:07 PM) : 

Be proud Dixie! You have every reason to be proud!

Come and visit me to find out what I tagged you for!


Blogger Crazy Working Mom said ... (8/10/2007 11:05 AM) : 

I got that in an e-mail once, but it chokes me up every single time I read it. Makes me proud to be an American! The one I got had photos to go along with the story.


Blogger Meribah said ... (8/12/2007 6:28 PM) : 

Glad to hear that Matt is adjusting to Marine life. Hugs to you all!


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