I am one of those people who likes to people-watch. I'll sit in the mall and watch people walk by while SWMBO is inside a store shopping. When we travel and stop for lunch or for gas, I'll watch the other people who are doing the same thing. When I enter the places where I do business, i.e. stores, dry cleaners, restaurants, etc, I usually engage the employees in some light, jocular banter.
I am convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that the American people are a decent and noble people. When a disaster strikes anywhere in the world, our government is usually the first government to supply assistance. Above and beyond that, individual Americans are quick to dig deep into their own pockets and collectively send huge amounts of assistance to people in need. What impresses me about this is that individual Americans generously donate to people they do not know, may not agree with politically or religiously, and probably will never meet during their life time.
The other day I went to get a haircut. The young woman who cut my hair on this occasion truly impressed me and made me proud to be an American. Here was a single mother, gainfully employed cutting my hair. She told me about her 14 month old son of whom she is very proud. What also impressed me about this woman is that she is an U.S. Army reservist. Beyond that she is being deployed to Afghanistan soon for 14 months. She was anxious to go and serve her country even though it meant leaving her son for such a long time. She said that "It's my turn."
Where do we find these people? She, like all members of the U.S. military are volunteers. We have the best military that the world has ever seen and they are all volunteers. Amazing!
I was truly impressed with this young woman and her dedication to our country. I thanked her for my haircut. I thanked her for her service to my beloved country. I wished her and her fellow soldiers well. I left the haircut place feeling blessed at having met her and privileged to be her fellow citizen.
Where do we find these people? I don't know! I am, however, very glad and thankful that we do find them!
Have you met anyone who has impressed you as this single mother impressed me?