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August 13, 2012

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Random act of kindness

Dear Editor,

It seems that so much of the news we read or hear or see is of the tragic side of life around us and overshadows much of the good and heartwarming things people do for others in the community. Thus, I would like to share with the readers a really nice story my Marine son recently shared from the local community.

Micah finished his term with the Marines in December and subsequently volunteered for the Texas State Guard. The Texas State Guard is a volunteer organization of the State of Texas comprised mostly, but not all, of people from all branches of the U.S. military.

They drill one weekend a month and for one week during the summer. Their mission is to be ready to deploy in the event of a natural disaster in Texas and, potentially, surrounding states, providing support to the local government response teams and a certain level of security. As I said, their training time is volunteer and they provide their own gear.

Last weekend, after a morning of drills and training, Micah and members of the QRT squad (about 12 men) he is training with at the National Guard Amory in Mineral Wells went to Mesquite Pit for lunch. They had just sat down and were preparing to order when a young girl, about 10 years old, approached the table and told the colonel she wanted to buy their lunch. She then presented the colonel with a gift certificate for $250. According to Micah, his table was kind of dumbfounded by the offer and the generosity. But the colonel took over expressing their gratitude to the girl and her family, pictures were exchanged, and the family left while they ordered their lunch.

According to Micah, the family looked very “average,” like any other family you might observe eating at Mesquite Pit – husband and wife early to mid 30s with two children. But they made an extraordinary impression on a small group of men who volunteer their time to serve their communities. I’m sure this little average family prefers to remain anonymous but they made a very above average impression on that group of soldiers.

On behalf of Micah and the other men at that table, as well as me and the many others of us who also appreciate the willingness men and women like Micah’ squad to serve our communities, we all say “thank you” to that little family, their thoughtfulness and their generosity.

Patrick Hurd

Weatherford

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