the Start to an All-American Day...
an All-American breakfast at iHop...After all,
iBlog and iHop.
At breakfast I couldn’t help notice the couple seated in a booth directly across from PaulA and me.
A young man and a young lady
who apparently was a waitress on her “break.”
(Her iHop apron was an iHop give-away
or maybe she, too, was an iHop fan?)
They sat across the table from each other
on the edge of their seats,
tightly holding hands
staring adoringly into each other's eyes...
Call me nosey...but I couldn’t help from watching them...
PaulA reminded me that it was impolite to stare.
But I couldn’t help myself....
especially when later her face turned red and she was reduced to tears.
It was time to say good-bye...break over.
They stood up in the middle of the room
embraced each other...holding on ever so tightly,
while she buried her head in his neck, sobbing.
And I was reduced to tears. I tried to hold them back...
First the lump...then the contorted face,
but there was no stopping them..
...flooding my short stack of pancakes.
Our waitress confirmed our probing questions...
the couple was recently engaged
and he was leaving
for active duty
at 11 am...
today, Memorial Day.
Paul (knowing me) tried to get me to think of something else.
As nothing ...pushes my emotional pedal harder than
young military men and women having to leave
their loved ones behind.
A Ferrari goes from 0 to 60 ...in 3 seconds
And this Kat goes from
a smile to a full--out cry...in the same amount of time.
Today we honor and show gratitude to
the men and women
who have served, protected, and given their lives
for our country and our freedom.
Freedom is not free.
Our freedom comes at a high cost...
We can’t say THANKS enough.
In honor of those who have protected our freedoms
attend a parade,
fly the American flag,
wear red, white, and blue.
you have a wonderful
that the young man I saw this morning at iHop
comes home safe and sound
to his sweetheart.