Pass It On!

“Rather than send me a check for a few bucks, I’d rather you pass it on. Find a serviceman or woman and treat them to a cup of coffee or meal,” said my new friend Frank Candy.  Having lived with a Father who was a POW in WWII, I shared with Frank my joy in this assignment. “I can’t even walk past a serviceman or woman without giving thanks!”

Fast forward.  I watched as a servicewoman in full fatigues in the Atlanta airport struggled making a decision at the store that features purses, pashminas and jewelry. She had a ring in one hand and a bracelet in the other holding them up, putting one down, picking them back up, putting them both on, and taking them both off. She didn’t move toward the cash register.

“Having a hard time making a decision?” I said as I approached.  “Yes. It’s my birthday in four days, so I thought these would look great with my outfit, but I also need to watch my money.” I learned Brittany had just returned from Afghanistan and was on her way to Ft. Bragg.  I whipped out cash and said, “Get them both. Happy Birthday from a former Marine named Frank Candy. I’m simply delivering the gift.”

Frank gave us both a gift as I felt pure joy from top to bottom. And I plan to pass it on.


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  1. Love this! My hand just reached out and grabbed your baton. Time to go pass it on!

  2. Oh Colette I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!  I’ve been good with coffee in the Starbucks lines in airports – but boy now I’m going to be looking for the jewelry buyers!! Or the book buyers! Or the “whatever” buyers! What a cool thing you (and Frank) did!!!!

  3. Oh wow, I teared up on that one Colette!  I realize I’m a tad bit hormonal but I also will take the baton and pass it on.  Lovely.

  4. Wow!  Thanks Colette – this is great.  Like Polly, I teared up on this one.  You are such a good person and you helped her overcome her potential awkwardness by telling her you are simply delivering the gift from Frank.  So cool.  I bet you walked a little lighter through the airport after that!

  5. Oh Colette you ROCK! Thank you so much for sharing this with us… I suspect you made Brittany’s day… you just made mine too!  As I sit here and think about what you did and of Brittany’s service, I can’t help but feel grateful that there are people like you in this world… and then I notice how my body hasn’t figured out how to be grateful and stressed at the same time… which is a good thing as it certainly knew how to hold onto stress before I read your post. (If my family knew you, they’d thank you when they see me walk into our home in a few hours time in a great mood.)

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