While working at a particularly physical job, last week, I had the luck of being in the right place, at the right time.
The day was beautiful, low humidity, sun shining, and fortunate enough to have some shade. The breeze just right to keep things good.
I was digging and edging an overdue section of curb along a very busy road. The ground was 8 inches above the curb and 10 inches over the curb! Every two digs, the traffic would whiz by and due to construction, everyone was merging into the lane I was working in. Made for interesting and time consuming work. I do believe there were some that buzzed me close, just to get a kick.
This area can be a mecca for the shady character and encounters with people to keep an eye out on, as they walked the sidewalk.
It also has it's share of regulars, riding bikes to VCU or work, people walking children, you just never know.
While getting into the rhythm of the dig, a strong voice from behind, proclaimed " You have your work cut out for you."
As I turned around, this is what I saw.
Sgt. Chuck Lewis - AKA Montana Honor Guard.
We struck up a conversation and come to find out, this man was on a mission.
Walking for the Fallen~USA
He is walking across the country, from Montana to Washington, DC. 3,300 miles, the route he is taking and it happened to lead him right to where I was working. How lucky am I?
Raising awareness for Suicide in the Military , patriotism, guilt for contributing to a weaker generation, with the country having programs that do such and raising money for programs for the wounded and disabled veterans.
We chatted and I thanked him for his service and for all he has and is doing. I told him it was an honor to meet him and we shook hands. He said "Good hand shake"and ended with me feeling pretty good.
(I do have a firm handshake and don't care for the fishy kind, myself.)
The day passed with me smiling , burning a lot of calories, getting the job done and thankful that the dreaded job brought such joy. The bright side!
When I got home, I looked him up at Walking for the Fallen~USA
Very impressive, in so many ways, but this is what I will share, today.
He was in the Marines, from 1970-1974. Then spent a good many years, in the United states Navy Reserves.
He has been a competitive athlete for many years, bike racing, triathlons , distance running with 100 mile runs! Wow!
It was indeed an honor to meet him, to listen to his message and to be motivated by this encounter.
Should you wish to learn more, look him up. Should you wish to help out, that is up to you.
I did and am proud to be a part of it.
Good day, physically, mentally and spiritually.