Since this is the season of giving, I thought I'd share with you a letter I got from an Army Captain who was the recipient of a kind deed from a stranger:
Dr. Laura:I am an active duty soldier stationed at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. I am not a regular coffee drinker, but after a week of unusually early mornings and late nights, I pulled into the drive-thru of a popular coffee chain this morning on my way to work in need of a caffeine kick. As you would expect, I placed my order and waited behind a few cars until it was my turn to pay and go. When I pulled up to the window, the cashier handed me my cup and informed me that the lady in the car ahead of me had noticed my uniform and graciously paid my tab.
I'll never be able to thank that lady personally for her kindness, but perhaps she is a listener of yours, and I hope a short note of appreciation can articulate what these kind gestures - no matter how seemingly small - mean to us in the service. I am always moved by the gratitude and patriotism of strangers, and I never forget a simple word of thanks or the enduring impact that it has.
Thank you for everything that you do, Dr. Laura, for us in uniform. I subscribe to your podcast so that I never miss a minute of your wisdom and insight no matter where in the world I find myself these days.