Thursday, October 22, 2015


One story I would like to share this week. We have had company, my In-laws were with us for a few days. We went to Arlington Cemetery to attend a service and say goodbye to a dear friend but earlier we were in a quiet part of the cemetery and my father-in-law was getting back into his vehicle, when one of the drivers of the tour buses you see (an empty one on his way to pick up a group of tourists perhaps) stopped his big old bus, jumped out, walked across the road and thanked my father-in-law for his service, and then stayed to chat for a few minutes. My father-in-law, as many of you may have read on my blog, is 95 years old, a WWII Veteran and was wearing his Vet cap and jacket. That nice young man put a light into his day, our day, for being as kind as he was. A kindness from a thoughtful soul is phenomenal, but a kindness to our older and greatest generation is beyond measure.


I thought I would look for some quotes to join in with Tanya's meme.  I do love reading quotes.

1. The best things in life are free, memories
(and you can add your own too).

2. Be helpful. When you see a person without a smile, give them yours.
Ziz Ziglar

3. Never look down on someone unless you are helping them up.

4. Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade.
~Ben Franklin~

5. Helping others is not only good for them and a good thing to do, it also makes us happier and healthier too.


You can visit others participating in Tanya's fun meme if you visit this link.   Thanks for hosting Tanya!  

Willy Nilly Friday


Rose said...

I enjoyed your 5...I totally forgot what day it was...if I can think of it, I will try to think of 5 things and join in late tomorrow.

I think your father-in-law is of the greatest generation, too.

Terra said...

That is a happy story about your father-in-law and the kind young man.

Red said...

The older the old vets get the more positive comments mean to them.

Linda said...

So true, Denise! My father was in the second world war as well and if he was alive he would be 96 this December 19th. Such a gorgeous photo!

Karen said...

That young man has a beautiful soul.
A lovely sky shot.

TexWisGirl said...

wonderful sky and wonderful exchange between veteran and fan. :)

Elephant's Child said...

What a truly delightful young man.
Love the quotes - love and laughter are the foundations of my world.

Breathtaking said...

Hello Denise!:) What a lovely story. Kind gestures like this one are heart warming.

mohave rat said...

your post today made me smile! thank you so much. I am glad I have discovered you! I am trying to stay positive today in a avalanche of negativity! Post like this helps!

llandudnopictures said...

Beautiful image and words.

Margaret Adamson said...

I loved that young man's attitude and gratitude to the oler generation. All the quotes are great and I agree with them all. Have a great weekend.

Tom said...

So good to find you back on Willy-Nilly, you have been missed.

Tanya Breese said...

great heartwarming story denise and super quotes!! have a great weekend and thank you for linking :)

Indrani said...

That is so thoughtful of the young man. :)

Debbie said...

that is such a difficult place to visit and my warmest condolences to you. what a wonderful story denise, i got goose bumps as i read it...such a kind and heartfelt gesture!!!

your image is beautiful and i am a huge fan of quotes, i have a book filled with my favorites!!!!

Linda Kay said...

So pleased that the young man was aware and recognized the veteran. When I see someone in uniform, I try to make it a point to speak to them with thanks for their service. My daughter and son- ion-law are both veterans, so I really appreciate what these folks have experienced.

William Kendall said...

Very good of that man to do and say. What a beautiful sky!

DeniseinVA said...

Hi Everyone, thank you very much for all your lovely comments. I don’t usually respond back here, trying to return all your visits and addressing any questions at your own blogs, but I had difficulty trying to make a comment and so thought I would do it here, just in case you all revisited. I will try to do better on this point but I seem to drift quite a lot and my focus goes elsewhere. C’est la vie! Bear with me please :)

Rose, thank you for that sweet comment, and this is the first time I have joined in for a while. I got out of the groove and found it difficult to find a simple five things to share. Think life got busy and my head was overflowing with other things. That’s my excuse anyhow :)

Terra, thank you and that is why I related it as I like to pass on the positive things that happen from day to day.

Red, I totally agree.

Linda, my Dad was also a vet. If he were alive he would be 99 years old. I still miss him but he has been gone many years.

Karen, he certainly had and if I was his mother I would have been so proud of him. I bet she is.

TexWisGirl, we couldn’t have had a more perfect day and it certainly was.

Elephant Child, he was indeed. I agree about the quotes.

Breathtaking, I’m glad you thought so. I love reading others when they share them.

Mohave rat, it made me very happy when I read your sweet comment and sad that there is a lot of negativity and sadness in the world. Sometimes it’s hard to focus on the good things. But, this young man is not alone, we have come across others and they really stand out. They are the positive role models that our young need. They give me hope. And let me add, Vets like you deserve all the admiration and gratitude we can give. Where would we be without you and your fellow vets?

Llandudnopictures, thank you my friend. I certainly enjoy yours.

Tom, how kind of you to say so. I tried to leave a comment on your blog but couldn’t, so I am sorry about that. I enjoyed visiting you very much, your photos are gorgeous.

Tanya, I love your meme and am glad to be joining in again. Glad you enjoyed the story.

Indrani, he was and thank you for stopping by. Thank you.

Debbie, thank you, he was such a lovely young man and yes, it was a bittersweet day and is actually our second funeral this month at Arlington. The other was also a good friend.

Linda Kay, he really surprised us and it does my heart good to know you go out of your way to speak to our Vets. I try to do the same when the opportunity presents itself. Please thank both your son-in-laws for me also.

William Kendall, it was on both counts.

Well, I hope I have managed to acknowledge everyone and thank you so much for stopping by.

Marie C said...

Oh, you made me cry! I love that that bus driver stopped and thanked your Father-in-law! So sweet!

Good old Ben Franklin! I am loving him more and more. Am reading the BEST book about him, Benjamin Franklin, by Carl van Doren. A very thick book that I leave for a while to read others, but I am enjoying it very much.

gigihawaii said...

That was a nice boost to your FIL's spirits when that young man went up to him and congratulated him.

Latane Barton said...

What a wonderful story and I am so glad you shared it with us. We all need to honor those who have fought to protect us and keep us safe.

Hetty said...

A lovely meeting! Your picture is wel choosen to this occasion. Groetjes, Hetty

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

A lovely thing to happen for your FIL and all of you with him! I'm glad he is better too.

DeniseinVA said...

Marie, I teared up when it happened. I shall have to read the book.

Gigihawaii, it certainly was a lovely boost.

Latane Barton, I agree with you one hundred percent.

Hetty, thank you :)

Sallie, it certainly was and thank you.

Stephanie said...

Great ideas for the random fives.

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Lovely story. These little kindnesses are so uplifting.

SeagullSuzie said...

A lovely story Denise and what a beautiful and thoughtful gesture.

DeniseinVA said...

Stephanie, thank you!

Forest Dream Weaver, I agree wholeheartedly.

Seagull Suzie, I couldn’t agree more.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

What a great story!! You know the acts of kindnesses from strangers have a lasting effect.

Lowcarb team member said...

Isn't it wonderful how the light comes through the cloud ... such a lovely effect.

All the best Jan

Stewart M said...

Very nice post. We do need to stop and say thanks to so many people, but we rarely seem to do so.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

ladyfi said...

A lovely story and a great shot.