I was at a holiday craft fair this morning in support of the high school water polo team. It was a hot sunny day and I stood outside my booth with two of my friends. We were chatting away, and all of the sudden in mid-sentence, we all went silent -- and started crying at the very same time. It was because of what was happening right in front of us.
A high school girl on the water polo team who was working in the Krispy Creme booth, looked up and saw her dad -- who had just returned from a tour of duty overseas. He was in uniform --- he literally just came home, and he went straight to the craft fair to surprise her. She ran over and jumped in his arms and started crying. And so did we -- all of us who watched it happen.
Witnessing a moment like this between a military father and a daughter is powerful. It leaves you speechless and all you can do is watch, smile, and feel grateful for the people who serve our country -- and the families who sacrifice for all of us.
After a few minutes, the crowd started cheering, and I heard someone yell "Thank you. Thank you so much for serving our Country."
I started crying all over again, and so did my friends.
I would have included a picture, but the one I got with my cell phone was of our chins and chests. And we all agreed we weren't going to post a picture of that -- it sort of takes away from the feeling of the moment.