I’ve been so full of original posts this week, I thought I’d continue the trend. My Aunt Bev sent this to me and I was so touched. My Cousin Daniel fought in Afghanistan – so, you know, they are real big on being all patriotic and stuff. (I kid, I kid!!)

Seriously though, I will say that I have, in the past, actually stopped members of our military and said, “Thank you, for all that you’ve done.” One time there was a customer at work who came in to eat. His face was badly scarred from burns and he had almost no ears. He had no hair. He was severely disfigured. He was missing an arm and his hand that he did have was also scarred from burns. I looked him square in the eyes and asked himflat out if he was in the military. He said yes and I said, “I have to, right now, say thank you. If I don’t – I won’t. I want to thank you. For everything. For your sacrifice. I’m sorry for what you’ve had to endure on my behalf. I can’t imagine me being able to do that for someone else. Thank you.” And he teared up, I tried not to tear up – he said, “Oh. Thank you. Thank you for that.”

I was waiting tables – he wasn’t in my section – and so I moved on and didn’t make eye contact with him again b/c it was a little awkward. But I was glad I did it.

Anyway – Bev sent this to me and I wanted to pass it along…. it is really great and I think a wonderful way to show our thanks. I’m going to teach it to my children.

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On a different note but somewhat related, I will admit that it was hard to maintain eye contact with the disfigured man – but I’ve found (over the years) that when someone is “different looking” the best thing to do for yourself AND for them – is to look them squarely in the eye. You see them – and you start to forget about their physical ailments. It’s been a personal policy for as long as I can remember. If you can do that – look a disfigured/disabled/different looking person in the eyes and maintain eye contact – you will feel yourself empowered and you will return to that person a little piece of their dignity and respect. It can be very overwhelming, emotionally, so you have to really be careful if you tend to be an overdramatic type person! You do NOT want to start crying!!