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Quiet acts of American Patriotism

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Today I was at the store picking up some groceries and witnessed a touching act of camaraderie and patriotism.

I noticed a young boy (maybe two or three years old) who had a Marine Corps cover (hat) in his hands. The little boy, with what I imagined was his father's headgear in hand, was helping his mom and sister food shop on this quiet Sunday morning.

“Is his father deployed?” I thought to myself while looking at the young boy hugging the desert-colored Marine Corps hat.

In the brief moment that our paths crossed, I noticed the hat was worn out from use. I assumed that whoever had worn the hat had probably given it to the child as a tangible connection to the Marine in his absence.

I thought how hard it is to have a loved one deployed. If the Marine who owned the hat was, in fact, overseas, was this family's Marine staying safe? I wondered.

It caught my attention at the store how many people had specks of patriotism and displays of their affiliation to the Armed Forces - past and…

A smile along with "Free Hugs"

A friend recently posted this video "Free Hugs in Sondrio, Italy" and, because I loved it so much, I wanted to share it with you.

Currently, I'm thousands of miles from home and miss the embrace of my family and friends but the great thing about this video was that embracing (along with a smile) doesn't just have to be from those you love. If you notice in this video, there must be something in a hug that makes people smile as they are about to embrace and as they break away. It is a beautiful thing.

Watching this video reminds me of the "Love Actually" (2003) when Hugh Grant's dialog opens the movie.
Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion's starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it's always there - fathers and so…