Taking in John's costume, the soldier asked John if he wanted to be a fireman when he grew up. John replied that he wasn't sure as he stared wide-eyed at the soldier.
The three of us talked a few more minutes. Then, I leaned down and whispered in John's ear, "Say thank you for protecting our country." John did so immediately.
What happened next made me very proud of this little 7-year-old who loves candy with a passion. John quickly reached into his plastic pumpkin, pulled out a big candy bar and handed it to the soldier who graciously accepted it.
John's gesture of thanks was so spontaneous, so honest, and so from-the-heart. He showed a basic understanding that our soldiers should not only be thanked, but rewarded for their service. It was the opportunity that we all wish we had a chance to express our thanks and appreciation to all of those that protect and serve our nation.
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