Today we took to the streets once again to thank our brave men and women for their service. Our merry band, Smash, LD, KM, and myself, met at the North Gate at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, signs in hand.
Much to our delight, we had several new faces amongst us. It was a real pleasure to meet the author of Carpe Bonum, one of the younger Carpe Bonums, and the author of Neptunus Lex. It’s so much fun to meet new people, even more fun to meet those who share your pride and gratitude toward the military. Bonus points when they turn out to be such good folks. Extra bonus points when they bring along someone Little Dude’s age like CB Jr. Super extra mega points for showing up after a very rainy start to the day.
As always, we had many people honking, waving, thanking us, and some even yelling “you’re welcome!”
There’s really no way to explain the feeling you get as someone thanks you for standing around with a sign, warriors turning to look at you with broad grins and waving hands mean so much. Families who have spent many months without their loved ones telling you that your hour and a half or two hours of holding a flag and some cardboard means something special to them touches you in a way that goes beyond description.
No matter what the rest of your day or week has in store for you, for a few moments, you’ve made someone else feel good. And you’re doing it with a good group of people.
I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to participate in Operation Thank You. I hope you’ll join us next time (or start your own in your neck of the woods.)