1. For not giving me that look people give when they realize a fat girl bought the seat next to them.
  2. For asking if I wanted to chat, or read the book I was holding.
  3. For serving your country in the armed forces for 33 years.
  4. For your 4 tours of duty in Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Iraq.
  5. For being a combat nurse and taking care of countless other Carols and Bobs and Jims and Jacks fighting with you.
  6. For being a SINGLE MOM deployed on CHRISTMAS EVE the year your daughter turned 13.
  7. For showing me pictures of your adorable grandson with the bright blue eyes.
  8. For retiring with a full pension to Florida, but planing on returning to Virginia to be near your family, your grandson, and so you can volunteer at the USO.
  9. 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏