Archive for June, 2010
A few days later, he returned for yet another visit which was right after Memorial Day, during which I put on my POW/MIA bracelet, something that is not seen much these days. He made his purchase and as I handed him a receipt, he held my arm..and asked about the bracelet.
He explained and began to go into detail of his past and having served in Vietnam, he said he had worn one of these for a friend that was MIA – after further conversation, he explained his lack of internet savvy, he found no real use for it. I mentioned I’d look when I could online to see if there was any info I could find on his friend.
A few hours later, in the quiet of the store, I sat and looked up the name he had given me, I found him and a lot of information about his remains being returned home. The lanky, shade covered gentleman came in a few days later to pick up his order and with it, I handed him the information I had found.. he sat quietly and read, you could feel the emotion it brought back to him.
He filled me in on more details of his life and his time overseas, I can only imagine the thoughts that ran through his mind. It was in the next conversation that he asked if I “wouldn’t” mind ordering him a bracelet with his friends information engraved on it. It was my pleasure…
We never know who is going to walk through our door, we never know what sort of emotion or lessons they can or may be able to instill in us. Taking a moment out of our days to help others can give you one of the greatest satisfactions….next time your door opens, make sure your eyes and hearts are too!.