Thursday, March 13, 2014

Food for Thought: Dear Soldier

Hello All,

Do you ever think about when you were a kid? I do, especially when I think about today's "me" generation. Anyone out there born prior to the mid-80s can surely relate. In our day, we had less, but appreciated it. Today's kids have so much more than they could ever need, but are they ever satisfied? I'm not saying all of today's youth are suffering from "me-ism" because that's a rather sweeping generalization, but I sure am glad I grew up when I did.

Anyway, amidst all the stories of excess and want, there is always good to be found and that's what I share with you all today -- the good deed of an 8 year old boy.

Last month, Myles Eckhart entered a Cracker Barrel restaurant at the Ohio Air National Guard base near Toledo, Ohio and presented Lt. Col. Frank Dailey with a gift from the heart. You see, Myles came across a $20 bill in the parking lot. At first, he considered buying a video game with the money, but he changed his mind when he spotted a man in uniform inside the restaurant. Myles was reminded of his father -- Army Sgt. Andy Eckert -- who was killed in Iraq before Myles could even get to know him. Myles was only 5 weeks old at the time, but he imagines a father who was kind & fun.

So, instead of keeping the money, Miles wrote a note, folded up the $20 inside of it and gave it to Lt. Col. Dailey. The note read as follows:

Dear soldier,

My Dad was a soldier. He's in heaven now. I found this $20 in the parking lot when we got here. We like to pay it forward in my family. It's your lucky day! Thank you for your service.

Myles Eckhart, a gold star kid

a picture of the note Myles gave to Lt. Col. Dailey

Gold star kids, for those of you who don't know, are children who have lost a parent in combat.

Now that young boy is being raised right for sure. Lt. Col. Frank Dailey, deeply touched & honoured by the note, gave away the $20 to someone else, paying it forward just as Myles did.

How do you pay it forward? Share by leaving a comment below.

Until next time,



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