The blessings I received from spending thirteen hours at the airport on a beautiful Saturday continues:
My first blessing would be to meet a young soldier just returning from Iraq. His name is Miller. As we talked and shared he asked me if I played cards. I told him yes and began looking for a place where we could sit and play. He did not want to play; he wanted to gift me with a deck of playing cards he had brought back from Iraq. The deck has the faces of 52 men they were and are searching for (some have been captured). It is truly a treasured keepsake.
My first stop in the Atrium area I met a couple from Oakland who had recently moved to Atlanta. They were a delightful couple and they made me laugh with some of their stories.
As I sat outside getting some fresh air I met several men who had just completed Boot Camp at Ft. Benning Georgia. One of them was a forty year old who was so proud of himself for enlisting and completing boot camp at age 40! He shared a statement with me that I will always remember whenever I think about our soldiers who go off to fight war. He said “Soldiers give up all their rights to protect the rights of others!” That is deep!!!
I sat in the Atrium area and decided to lay my head down and get some rest. I was able to sleep briefly on a chair, curled up and cozy. Then came the biggest gift I could ever receive…..
The second story of the Atrium was filled with lines of soldiers waiting to be processed as they had just returned from Iraq. As they completed this process they were escorted downstairs and led by someone announcing them. I was excited to be a part of the first American crowd to salute them by giving them a standing ovation for their heroic actions!!
I am thankful I was delayed!!! Thirteen hours of pure bliss!!!