Okay, folks, it's belated Magic Moments Monday again! Here are the revised guidelines:
We're looking for moments that can be big or small, that brought sunshine into your life or someone else's. It can be something that gave you a new insight, something that helps you get through the week, some memory to keep. What happened this week, or in the past, that made you realize once again that Life is Good?
Last week, with all the flag debate, etc., veterans, patriotism, and flags were on my mind. Late, after midnight one night, I admitted an older gentleman to our telemetry unit. He was very tired, it was late, and there were forty-eleven questions to ask to fill out his database. Once or twice, he dozed off as I stood at the computer, entering information.
In the course of obtaining his medical history, I found out he was in WWII. I stopped, walked over to his bed, fished his hand out from under the blanket and shook it. "What was that for?" he asked.
As is my custom when I knowingly meet a veteran, I told him I wanted to thank him for fighting for our freedom and protecting our country.
I got the feeling this doesn't happen often to him, because he didn't know quite what to do for a moment. Then he gave me a beautiful, shy smile, patted my hand, and said "You're welcome."
I don't know if I'll ever see him again, but he knows that at least one American appreciates what he did for us.