Today as I was scrolling through my Facebook page during lunch, I came across an article on Yahoo Travel.
The article by “Johnny Jet, The Travel insider,” told the story of a cross-country flight from earlier this week. As reported in the article, approximately 45 minutes prior to arrival, the Captain came on the intercom to advise the passengers that they had been transporting a fallen soldier on their flight.
The Captain briefed those on board about what would happen as the plane landed, requested patience and cooperation . The entire article along with video can be found here.
As I read the article, I couldn’t help but be proud of the way we the American people have treated our soldiers as they return home from war. Whether we are for or against the wars of the past generation, we as a people have been supportive of our soldiers.
During the Viet Nam era this was not the case and it appears that lessons were learned by our citizenry, today we welcome our soldiers home. We honor our soldiers on their return and we stand with our soldiers as they honor the ideals of what it means to be an American.
Today and every day we honor the soldiers, their families and the American people who have not forgotten, but embrace, this week’s Friday’s Heroes!
Vacation was needed, deserved and appreciated. Some of the things I learned on my summer vacation….
- This vacation was as much a “working” vacation as anything. With daddy moving into assisted living, my 23 yr old niece will be moving into the house. Obviously she doesn’t want to live in a house decorated over 40 years by her grandparents. The main objective of the trip was for me to go through the house and trash, donate, take or use what was there.
- Sorting through 40 years of memories is at times heart-warming at times heart-breaking and always difficult. It occurred to me while going through the papers and photos, that after this trip I no longer have a home in God’s Country. After mama died, I still had my home because daddy lived there, now he no longer lives in the house and we are moving on, sadly we are moving on.
- Evidently I have always enjoyed writing. I wrote daily letters to my parents from summer camp that my mother found the need to keep, along with every sketch, photo, report card and playbill, football program or spelling test of my brothers and I.
- Seeing the Dawgs beat South Carolina is always nice, seeing it happen IN Georgia is perfection. A Gator loss is perfection anywhere!
- Family hikes are awesome and the pay-off reinforces my belief that my homeland really is God’s Country….
- Boot Camp with a 23 yr old will KICK YOUR BUTT!
- A feisty 82-year-old man is still plenty feisty.
- As much fun as nieces and nephews are when they are cute little babies, they can be even more fun as adults!
- Friends from childhood are blessings that continue to give.
- Taking a sabbatical from social media is good for the soul… difficult but good.
- Having a sabbatical from social media end is good for the soul…. much easier than the start.
- For Lita Rumsey, a couch is a couch is a couch.
- At 84, my Aunt Beck is still the best traveling companion I have ever had.
- Some memories mean nothing to anyone but me. This set of dishware sat atop my mother’s refrigerator for as long as I can remember, now it will hold a special place of honor in my home, in recognition of a lifetime of memories and blessings.
- Vacations are never long enough, but there’s really no place like home!
Words to Live By
Sing It Ray…..
And the Winner Is…..
By the time you read this I will be tucked into my Delta seat on my way to see family for a few days. As always I look forward to a visit in God’s Country and this trip is no different…. I NEED this trip!
For the next few days posting may be sporadic as one of the blessings of God’s Country is poor internet and cell connection. I have left a few songs for your listening enjoyment and Friday’s Hero is a very special one, I hope you will stop in while I am away and leave a comment.
What are your vacation plans this summer?
I’ll be back in a few days, until then, have a great week!
My ride home….
- Short Notes ~ 6.4.13 (notesfromasouthernkitchen.com)
- Against all odds (enagar.com)
- Short Notes – 5.21.13 (notesfromasouthernkitchen.com)
- Short Notes ~ 5.28.13 (notesfromasouthernkitchen.com)
- Short Notes ~ 5.22.13 (notesfromasouthernkitchen.com)
Life’s Playlist… Cruise by Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly