By GINA KINSLOW
Glasgow Daily Times
A while back I was at the grocery store and noticed this elderly man making his way along one of the busier aisles in the store, holding a list in his hand.
He walked passed a young man in a soldier’s uniform.
The elderly man stopped his cart and walked back down the aisle, catching up with the young man. I saw him touch the soldier on the arm and heard him say, “thank you.”
I thought, “Wow, how neat!” Then I thought I should do that, but I didn’t. I didn’t do it then and I haven’t done it since, until now.
I had originally planned to write my column this month about southern comfort food. You know — fried apple pies, cornbread and speckled butter beans, but I think it’s more important to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the veterans who took time out of their ordinary everyday lives to serve in the military, to fight in a war.
Had they not taken that time, I certainly wouldn’t have the opportunity to write this column or another one about southern comfort food or probably about anything else. I doubt I would even have the opportunity to do a lot of things I do on a regular basis that I take for granted every day.
So, as I am out covering Veterans Day activities next week, I will try to take the time say “thank you” to the veterans I see. I urge everyone else to do the same. It’s the least we can do.
Gina Kinslow is a staff writer for the Glasgow Daily Times. She can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.