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As you may have guessed my name is Jan. I am an older woman with grown children. I even have some grandchildren who are the
loves of my life. Family is very important to me.
The purpose of my being here is to be a better person and to feel
better. I firmly beleive when one feels better they can do better.
I feel as though I have so far to go. It is a difficult thing at my age to lose weight. I also have emphezema copd which makes excercizing hard. I just recently got under control enough to start
dancing in the house. So one of my goals is to dance for an hour a day. Later I will move up to two times a day.. I don't find excercize very easy which is why the dancing comes in ... I love to dance and it is
a start on the excercise.
My son will be getting married in April and I am going to join a
health club for excersize when that is over. We are helping him with the wedding expenses and planning so there is not all that much time for going anywhere right now.
I could ssay so much more as I am a people person who just
loves to chat. But for today I am done. These are my hopes and my dreams that I ma y be successful here and that we maly all
learn to live healthy and my greatest hope that we will support our troops and stand behind them. That they know that we are
not unaware of the sacrifices they and their families have made
to keep our country with freedom of choice and great opportunities.
A big thank you to all Service People..You are appreciated and
you are loved for your bravery. May the Lord walk always beside you.
Thanks much for looking at my page and for reading if you got this far..that is an accomplishment. I wish you well in your Spark
Journey and in your new life.
And Something to Think About.......
The Sack Lunches
I put my carry-on in the luggage compartment and sat down in my assigned
seat. It was going to be a long flight. 'I'm glad I have a good book to
read Perhaps I will get a short nap,' I thought.
Just before take-off, a line of soldiers came down the aisle and filled
all the vacant seats, totally surrounding me. I decided to start a
conversation. 'Where are you headed?' I asked the soldier seated nearest to me.
'Petawawa. We'll be there for two weeks for special training, and then
we're being deployed to Afghanistan
After flying for about an hour, an announcement was made that sack
lunches were available for five dollars. It would be several hours
before we reached the east, and I quickly decided a lunch would help
pass the time..
As I reached for my wallet, I overheard soldier ask his buddy if he
planned to buy lunch. 'No, that seems like a lot of money for just a
sack lunch. Probably wouldn't be worth five bucks. I'll wait till we get to base '
His friend agreed...
I looked around at the other soldiers. None were buying lunch. I walked
to the back of the plane and handed the flight attendant a fifty dollar
bill. 'Take a lunch to all those soldiers.' She grabbed my arms and squeezed
tightly. Her eyes wet with tears, she thanked me. 'My son was a soldier
in Iraq; it's almost like you are doing it for him.'
Picking up ten sacks, she headed up the aisle to where the soldiers were
seated. She stopped at my seat and asked, 'Which do you like best - beef
'Chicken,' I replied, wondering why she asked. She turned and went to
the front of plane, returning a minute later with a dinner plate from
first class. 'This is your thanks.'
After we finished eating, I went again to the back of the plane, heading
for the rest room. A man stopped me. 'I saw what you did. I want to be
part of it. Here, take this..' He handed me twenty-five dollars.
Soon after I returned to my seat, I saw the Flight Captain coming down
the aisle, looking at the aisle numbers as he walked, I hoped he was not
looking for me, but noticed he was looking at the numbers only on my
side of the plane. When he got to my row he stopped, smiled, held out
his hand, an said, 'I want to shake your hand.'
Quickly unfastening my seatbelt I stood and took the Captain's hand.
With a booming voice he said, 'I was a soldier and I was a military
pilot. Once, someone bought me a lunch. It was an act of kindness I
never forgot.' I was embarrassed when applause was heard from all of the
Later I walked to the front of the plane so I could stretch my legs. A
man who was seated about six rows in front of me reached out his hand,
wanting to shake mine. He left another twenty-five dollars in my palm.
When we landed I gathered my belongings and started to deplane. Waiting
just inside the airplane door was a man who stopped me, put something in
my shirt pocket, turned, and walked away without saying a word. Another
Upon entering the terminal, I saw the soldiers gathering for their trip
to the base. I walked over to them and handed them seventy-five dollars.
'It will take you some time to reach the base. It will be about time for
a sandwich. God Bless You.'
Ten young men left that flight feeling the love and respect of their
fellow travelers. As I walked briskly to my car, I whispered a prayer
for their safe return. These soldiers were giving their all for our
country. I could only give them a couple of meals.
It seemed so little...
A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life,wrote a blank check
made payable to 'America for an amount of 'up to and including my life.'
That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no
longer understand it.'
Well I would like to say that I have this huge plan,
but I am like a newborn here. I really don't know what i am doing. I am still learning.
But my main goal is to learn to live in a way that is healthy so that I can feel well and be a good person and set a good example for my family.
Well first I will start eating breakfast everyday. I will make sure that it is a healthy breadfast. Fiber included there.
Second I will be aware. Pay attention to what I do.
Right now everything is new and so it is not a routine yet. I would like to make the heathy choices the routine choices.
I Want to learn from others how to eat healthy and live healthy. I want to do this and then pass on to others what I learn. I feel like a kindergartener here....lol..Anyway this is
what I have planned for now. As I learn more I will add more.
Hi There Again,
As I mentioned earlier my name is Jan. I am a people person...love to talk. I also like (And this is not really good) my friends coffee and my kitchen table.
I enjoy reading and for those of you who know Clive Barkers work you have probably figured out that Imagica is my all time favorite book.
I don't watch much tv..I am strickly too much on my computer, but I listen to it alot for the background noise. I do watch a couple of shows I enjoy. They are for instance Bones, Charmed, Twilight etc.
I like bowling ten pin, which I have not been able to do for a while but am looking forward to returning to soon.
Love playing games online at Pogo, Slingo and Simslots.
I am a very strong supporter of our Troops.
I feel that they are fighting for our freedom as well as theirs. I do belong to a couple of groups at yuku.com. My profile there is devoted to Our Troops. If you would like to check it out it is
You are more than welcome.