I worked a half day today and then made my way to the airport for a quick business trip to South Dakota. I’ll be here for around 48 hours and then make my way back to the family.

As I parked this afternoon in the gorgeous sunshine, I walked from the long term parking to the terminal. Before I entered the building I noticed a pretty blond young lady all dressed up. She had a huge smile on her face and I could see why. She was arm in arm with her camoflauged uniformed lover who obviously had just returned from serving our country. Others from the family escorted the happy couple and it brought a smile to my face to see such a joyous sight. So often on the news we see violence or hear of attacks against our soldiers. It is a precious moment to see them return home after a hard mission into their loved ones arms, hugs and smiles. The scene touched me and started my journey off right.

Fast forward to my arrival in Sioux Falls, SD. I meandered my way through the small airport towards ground transportation and baggage claim. When I exited security, a gaggle of people with signs, flags and red, white and blue shirts eagerly awaited a loved one. He happened to be on my flight and behind me. They all went crazy when he came into their sight. I stood to the side and just took in the scene. Kids hugged the man, uncles and aunts shaking hands, a wife/girlfriend kissing, and proud parents embracing. It was truly another scene to be remembered and brings a smile to my face as I write this.

Please take a moment to remember our military folks who are selflessly serving our country right now. Pray that they all may return to such beautiful celebrations of love and excitement.

…..Dan at aslowerpace dot net

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